Kildare is the third most rat-infested county in Ireland, according to Rentokil.
It is warning homeowners that due to the recent drop in temperatures, more rodents are bound to move indoors.
The pest control provider said rat infestations in Ireland have increased by 38% between July and September this year, compared to the same period in 2016.
The top ten counties for rat infestations in Ireland in 2017 are: Dublin – 32%, Cork – 12%, Kildare - 8%, Kerry - 6%, Galway – 6%, Limerick – 6%, Meath – 5%, Wicklow – 4%, Cavan – 3%, Wexford – 3%.
Dr. Colm Moore, Area Technical Manager, Rentokil says: ‘During winter months, rodents like to base themselves somewhere warm, quiet and close to a source of food. If you can prevent rats you will also reduce the damage and health risks they cause.”
Here are some tips on practical ways you can help to prevent an infestation:
- Keep foodstuffs in metal or glass containers with tight fitting lids.
- Tidy inside the house and around the garden - less clutter means less places to hide.
- Put outdoor rubbish bags in metal bins with securely fitted lids to stop them feeding from contents.
- Clean up pet food and bird seed debris, and store pet food in robust containers with fitted lids - preferably above ground level.
- Keep gardens free from debris. If you have a compost heap don’t include organic food waste, as this will attract them.