People living at Elmwood Road in the Bogside area of Derry expressed alarm this week after an influx of rats in laneways around their homes.
Breige Gormley, who has lived in the area for more than 10 years, told the ‘Journal’ she had spotted almost a dozen rats in her back yard in recent days.
“I am really worried because rats carry disease and in recent weeks I have had to bring my dog in from the back yard because there are so many of them.”
Several other residents living in the area have reported the problem to local Sinn Fein councillor, Colly Kelly.
“A number of residents in the area contacted me and they have reported to me that they have seen rats running about the laneways off Elmwood Road.
“This time last year we had a similar problem when a number of dead rats were found in the back gardens of local homes.
“I have contacted the Environmental Health services department at the council and reported the current cases. They have stated that the issue of pest control is the responsibility of the householder,” said Colr. Kelly.
Colr. Kelly added: “With winter approaching fast, I would urge residents to take every precaution to ensure that rats cannot get into their homes, out houses and garden sheds. It is obvious that if anyone dumps their rubbish in the laneways they have no regard for others because to get rid of the rubbish they were prepared to dump it on the doorsteps other people.doorsteps.”