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Recurring rodent issue - what should landlord be doing?

  • 02-11-2021 9:11am
    Registered Users Posts: 132 ✭✭ CivilCybil

    Hi all. I live in a row of terraced houses all owned by the same landlord (a housing scheme owned by a company so the landlords are a board of directors).

    We have had mice in the attic for the last three winters and they are back again. I hired pest control who said they are getting in via a neighbouring attic so can't solve the problem.

    To date the landlords solution has been to lay poison and place electrical deterrents. They also sent a note around to all the houses to say not to put food out for birds as it's attracting rats and mice (rats are in the gardens not the houses).

    Are the landlords actions sufficient?

    All advice appreciated even if it's just a "learn to live with it" approach :)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 414 ✭✭ Emma2019

    I dont know about the landlords responsiblities but I have found electrical deterrants dont do much if anything and snap traps are more effective, so you could try that.

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,707 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011

    Electric deterrents rarely work, or work for long. Looking for and closing entry points is something else I'd expect to be done.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,100 ✭✭✭✭ Mrs OBumble

    Unfortunately in some housing associations, rodent control is a tenant responsibility. If the tenants of the place where they are getting access don't care, the HA cannot force them to give access.

    First step: talk to your neighbours and encourage them all to complain

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,368 ✭✭✭ JimmyVik

    Its like the one child in the class who parents wont treat head lice.

    Nothing you can do expect treat your own child every week.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,898 ✭✭✭✭ Dav010

    Just a thought, have you and the neighbours considered putting traps in your attics?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,549 ✭✭✭ YFlyer

    Is there a landlord or landlords?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,431 ✭✭✭ rolling boh

    As has been suggested mice are easy enough catch with traps it may take time but worth putting as many as you can up in the attic .But closing the entry will ultimately have to done .

  • Registered Users Posts: 115 ✭✭ YipeeDee

    Been living in my own home 20 years and without fail, every Sept / Oct mice come in and Jan / Feb seems also to be another time they migrate.

    Used to employ pest control company but costs were crazy

    So my recommendation is buy some lengths of wavin pipes, put some poison in to the middle of each one.

    For attic just lay them up there and check the poison every few days.

    Also you’d also need to secure the perimeter of your house where possible.

    Wedge the pipes behind heavy objects outside around the perimeter.

    (Make sure pets can’t get at them or move them)

    Or else buy the secure boxes for outside.

    Keep traps set inside to get rid of any little buggers in residence.

    And once you’ve got them out invest in the sonic deterrents they use for food warehouses.

    Not the little plug in jobs that go directly into the socket. They’re useless.

    Be advised once they eat the poison they go mad to drink water.

    So keep an eye on your water pipes.

    I had mice eat through a pipe at the back of my dishwasher, flooded the kitchen and floor needed replacing.

    But we were away at the time so that could have been prevented.

    Hope this helps.

    Good luck.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,248 ✭✭✭ fun loving criminal

    Landlords should really allow pets. Cats are great at this kind of job.