Council moves to tackle growing rat problem

by Mark O'Brien

THE Council says it will be taking steps to combat a rodent problem in the Old Forge and Grange Manor area of Lucan.
Cllr Liona O’Toole raised the issue at the Lucan Area Committee Meeting of the council last Tuesday week.
Cllr O’Toole said she had been contacted by a number of concerned residents who had spotted rodents in their gardens.
“There’s an increase of rodents in the area,” she said.
“A lot of people have seen them in their gardens.”
Residents were concerned that development work at the nursing home on Hayden’s Lane would lead to the displacement of more rodents.
“We put the motion in discussing the rodent issue to make sure that we have a proper plan in place to reduce any possibility of rodents when there are already reports of people witnessing them in their back gardens,” said Cllr O’Toole.
In response to the motion, South Dublin County Council said: “The rodent issue in the area will be highlighted to the developer of the nursing home with a view to them establishing a pest control plan on site for the duration of the construction works.
“To reduce the existing problem of rats in the area we would encourage all households to remove any items which may provide both harbourage and food sources.
“This can include accumulations of domestic waste in gardens and also compost heaps and vegetation.
“If accumulations of domestic waste are present in neighbouring properties gardens please contact the Environmental Health Department and we can investigate these complaints.
“The Environmental Health Department can be contacted on 01 468 6375.
“If waste is present on the street or other public areas South Dublin County Council should be contacted on 01 4149000.
“The HSE offer a free pest control service which is available to householders to bait their private residential properties.
“This service can be availed of by calling 1850 211 774 or alternatively 076 6955057.”
Cllr O’Toole welcomed the proactive response of the council and reminded residents that pest control services were available to all residents.
“A lot of people don’t know that you are entitled to get the assistance through the Environmental Department regardless of whether it’s private or local authority housing,” she said.

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