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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Rats

This year
New York City appoints rat tsar for ‘wholesale slaughter’ of rodent pests
Former primary school teacher Kathleen Corradi will be known as the ‘director of rodent mitigation’.
All time
Former council worker jailed for releasing rats into workplace
The 61-year-old also paid €3k in compensation.
Dublin requests for HSE pest control increased by around one-fifth last year
The callouts were spread more evenly across the north and south of the county compared to 2019.
Dublin restaurant forced to close after live cockroaches were found on a container of nuts during food safety inspection
November was the worst-month ever for food safety with record numbers of FSAI orders.
Grocery store closed after two dead rats found in dry goods storeroom
14 food businesses received closure orders from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland last month.
People warned not to swim in Royal Canal after outbreak of rat-borne disease
Leptospirosis is particularly a hazard for people who participate in outdoor sports.
Dublin Applegreen store temporarily closed down following rat sighting
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has been made aware of the incident.
Leinster House bosses were warned Dáil rats were stealing chocolate 6 weeks before bar shut
The bar shut for more than a week after a rat was spotted by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.
Cockroaches and rodent droppings: 11 food businesses received closure orders in June
Four of the orders were issued to businesses in the Moore Street Mall in Dublin city centre.
Report of invasive rodent species spotted along Royal Canal most likely case of 'mistaken identity'
Waterways Ireland believes the sighting was likely that of a native otter.
Dublin City Council blames 'rodent infestation' on warm weather rat breeding
The council says it’s a Europe wide problem this year.
Paris has an interactive map where you can report rat sightings
The website was set up after a daycare centre’s playground was found to be infested with rats.
A tapas bar says turning this church into a food hall could cause 'a major rat problem'
Restaurant Salamanca has voiced its concern about the plans to redevelop St Andrew’s Church.
More than 3,300 live animals used for research at NUI Galway
It bucks a national trend that saw a reduction in animal testing in 2016.
'There was prolific evidence of rodent droppings': Three food outlets closed in November
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland served closure orders on three outlets affected by rodent infestation.
Here's what you need to do to avoid visits from unwanted rodents this winter
Due to a lack of natural food sources during the winter, rats head towards homes and businesses for an alternative.
Highly contagious plague kills 30 people in Madagascar
Madagascar has a history of plague outbreaks almost every year since 1980, often sparked by rats fleeing forest fires.
Pest controllers called to deal with large-scale rat infestation in Wheatfield Prison
Rodents were reported in the kitchens, a medical unit, and at a workshop at the prison.
New York trials birth control for rats to tackle massive rodent population
Officials are now preparing to launch a trial of a liquid bait which will make the rats infertile.
Pest control company called to Leinster House to deal with rats and ants
Rodent activity and droppings were found in the building.
The Mayor of Paris has declared war on rats
Anne Hidalgo has budgeted €1.5 million to do away with the French capital’s rodent population.
First-ever cluster of Weil's disease in New York kills one
The cluster was discovered in the Bronx earlier this week.
Sailors held hostage for nearly five years 'ate rats' to survive
The men – from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia and Taiwan – were captured by Somali pirates in 2012.
'Significant' HSE staffing problems caused delays dealing with Dublin rat infestations
All vacant posts have now been approved for filling, the Health Minister has said.
Reports of Dublin rat sightings 'something we'd better get used to'
Illegal dumping and poor waste management are major contributing factors, a pest control expert says.
Residents of a Dublin estate say they're plagued by 'giant' rats
One woman says one was killed “with an axe”.
Photos: Clever rats sniffing out Cambodia's vast minefields
The rats have successfully cleared minefields in Mozambique and Angola.
Flooding drives rats out of their homes, and there is a hidden danger to worry about
The floods we’ve had over the past weeks have made germs and bacteria a danger.
Do we really need to worry about a plague of giant rats this winter?
Reports of giant super rats may be just a little bit exaggerated.
'It's like the Burning Man of rats': Have you heard about the rat crisis in New York?
To many residents, it feels like the rats are winning.
Rats disturbed by Luas works are relocating to Dublin city businesses
Some are as long as 12 to 14 inches, excluding the length of their tails, according to one pest controller.
Suspected rat sighting forces plane to turn around
The Air India flight to Milan was forced to return to New Delhi.
Cork gardaí working in stations infested with rats
The Justice Minister was recently asked about the health and safety issues at Glanmire and Macroom stations.
A man was caught releasing his pet rat in a restaurant to get a free meal
Rats are "dancing a polka set" in Killarney according to one councillor
They’re getting bigger and multiplying, too.
Killer of over 100,000 rats hired by Pakistani city to tackle rodent problem
This guy is seriously good at his job.
Here is your first look at Sunday's Love/Hate season finale
Spoiler: Nidge looks pretty worried.
Rise in construction causing rats to come up from sewers and drains
Heard any scratching noises recently? Just saying.
Rats On A Plane: Rodent infestation grounds Indian aircraft
“I have HAD it with these rats,” is what Samuel L Jackson might have said if he had been on the flight.