Delays in dealing with rat infestations in Dublin

There were many reported incidences of rat infestations around the city this summer, with a slew of complaints being made to local councils about the delay in dealing with the problem.

It appear these delays were partly due to staff shortages in the HSE Pest Control Service brought on by an increase in retirements and resignations.

However the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, when asked about the situation was quick to point out that in line with the Rats and Mice Destruction Act 1919 – it is the legal responsibility of the owner/occupier of the land to eradicate pests and that the HSE does not have statutory responsibility, rather it play a “supportive” role.

The minister went on to state that HSE is attempting to fill these vacant positions as soon as feasible and that this should help alleviate the situation.

Rats and Mice Transfer Diseases

Rat-RemovalRats and mice carry and pass on a number of harmful and sometimes deadly diseases. Both the droppings and the rodents themselves can be a major health hazard to humans.

Studies have shown that fleas were found in 100% of rats studied and harmful mites were found in 67% of rats. This shows that rats and mice pose a threat to our health and safety. Once rodents have been discovered in homes or business it is important to not only remove the rodent issue but to ensure that a clean up procedure is undertaken in order to remove any bacteria or diseases that will be present in the droppings and living spaces that they have occupied.

In some cases it is prudent to use a broad spectrum biocide spray that will kill the bacteria before cleaning. Always ask your pest control company for best practice procedures.

Rodent Call Outs Increase by 35% as Flood Waters Displace Rat Population

Pestguard has noticed a marked increase in calls regarding rat infestations in flood hit areas. The increase is anywhere between 30-35%.

Home owners need to be really aware that as the flood waters rise the rats and mice are being forced from there normal habitat and are finding their way into our homes and business through previously undiscovered access points. Rats carry a multitude of diseases that can be easily passed on through contact with affected water systems and infected rodents.

Take the time to check your homes and business premises for any sign of rodent activity. If found call a professional pest control service to ensure that all treatments and carried out in a professional and legal manner. Find out more.

Pestguard Pest Control appears on RTE 2’s Baz’s Extreme Worlds

Pestguard Pest Control’s very own Veig Seznec starred in Baz’s Extreme Worlds on RTE Network 2 

In Episode 4 of series 2. Baz Ashmawy explores the world of pests and the people who exterminate them in Ireland. Veig took the oppurtunity to introduces Baz  to a day in the life of a Pest Control technician. Veig demonstrates the treatment of a wasp nest, fumigation of flying insects and the eradication of rats and mice from a domestic home.

To watch Pestguard Pest control’s apperance on Baz’s Extreme Worlds check out our Youtube Channel
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Pestguard Pest Control Launches on Twitter

Pestguard Pest Control has launched a Twitter account to better help us communicate with our current and future clients.


As a company Pestguard Pest Control is always looking for ways to improve the service we provide our customers, building on where we are strongest and addressing where we are weakest. Essential to this is an open customer feedback loop part of which Twitter has now become.

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