Pest controllers go to war on 'rats the size of small dogs' in city estate
A pest control company has been drafted in to a Dublin housing estate to deal with an infestation of rats after a local killed one described as being "the size of a small dog".
Clondalkin locals in Kilcronan Court estate say the area has been overrun with large rats for nearly a month.
On Monday locals succeeded in killing one of the monster rodents and displayed photos of it on social media to highlight the problem.
Now a housing agency, Cooperative Housing Ireland, has sent Rentokill into the street to sort out the problem.
Yesterday, a pest control expert from the company laid four bait boxes in the back garden of a house on the street.
The company has also been given the task of finding the source of the rat infestation.
"We first reported the problem around six weeks ago but it really came to a head on Monday when we were chasing one giant rat and it hid in a services box in the wall of a neighbouring house," Lisa told the Herald.
"But then we turned around and saw another one on the wall and one of the lads killed it with an axe. It was as big as my cat.
"We're happy to see Rentokill out here because the problem might finally get sorted. There's four bait boxes in my garden now," she added.
Neighbour Marianne Maughan said she had seen a rodent the "size of a small dog" in the estate.
While she is happy to see pest control experts on the street it might be too little too late.
"They should have been called weeks ago when the problem was reported to the housing agency.
"We have kids out on the street playing and we are terrified that they will be bitten and contract a disease," Ms Maughan added.
A spokesman for Cooperative Housing Ireland said it was contacted in early March in relation to the accumulation of waste at a childcare facility operated by another organisation within Kilcronan Court and separately at a neighbouring residence outside its control.
"Our local office contacted the childcare facility requesting them to remove the waste and also contacted the environmental health team of the local authority in relation to the other house," he said.
"Later in March, we removed the waste at the childcare facility ourselves and contacted the local authority and HSE in relation to the rats, and placed mechanical traps in the area," he added.
"As a result of the escalation of the issue, independent contractors have been appointed to advise on the best course of action. We will carry out whatever actions are suggested," he concluded.