Beware the invasion of the flood rats
Ireland has recently suffered a severe and unprecedented flood surge. Many families and businesses in affected areas are advised to avoid direct contact with floodwater and beware the invasion of the flood rats into homes.
Resettlement is not an easy job as many things need to be done before cleaning up the house. We have recently received many call-outs as the result of this situation. Rodents that survive a disaster often move to new areas. Hence, we strongly advise you to identify signs of rodents and check whether they have taken shelter in your property before commencing any clean-up activities.
The following recommendations will help residents reduce the risk of disease or personal injury associated with rodents.
Precautions to Limit Household Exposure
Removing food sources, water, and items that provide shelter for rodents is the best way to prevent contact with rodents. When necessary, you should call professional pest control services to help you get rid of dead rodents or rodent-contaminated areas.
Inside the Home
- Keep foodstuffs in metal or glass containers with tight fitting lids.
- Put outdoor rubbish bags in metal bins with securely fitted lids to stop them feeding from contents..
- Give pets only enough food for each meal, then throw out any remaining food. Do not leave remaining pet food or water out overnight.
- Dispose of garbage on a frequent and regular basis.
- Don’t leave dishes, pans, and cooking utensils. Instead, wash them immediately after use.
- Clean up and remove spilled food from cooking and eating areas.
- Do not store empty cans or other opened containers with food residues inside the home.
Outside the Home
- Garbage should be put in rodent-proof containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Drains and animal feed should be stored in rodent-proof containers.
- Remove any food sources that might attract rodents.
- Haul away trash, abandoned vehicles, discarded tires, and other items that might serve as rodent nesting sites.
- Keep gardens free from debris. If you have a compost heap don’t include organic food waste, as this will attract them.
- Trim tree limbs or shrubs that overhang or touch buildings.
- Place spring-loaded traps in outbuildings and in other areas where signs of rodents are found. Do not allow children or pets to play near spring traps.
Rodent-Proofing Your Home
Mice may enter through a hole the size of a dime. Rats may enter the home through a hole the size of a quarter. You should check it there are any gaps and holes inside and outside the home that are greater than a ¼-inch diameter. If so, we strongly advise that you should do proofing your home to prevent rodents from entering your home.