Case study Sandymount Road -Rats

Discussion in 'Homes and gardens' started by Ellie123, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Ellie123

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    I'm not sure if this forum is the right place for this question,however, I'm looking tobuy a house in Sandymouth Road but I've been told by three different sources that the houses on the road having on going issues with rats. Is this an issue that should put me off buying on the road? A neighbour of the house on the market that I was planning to bid on confirmed that they have had to get the pest control company in several times due to rats. I'm not sure whether I should walk away from this property or is this something I could possibly resolve using the right professionals? The house is very expensive so we do not want to paying pest control companies on an ongoing basis. Any guidance would be very much appreciated.
     
  2. Leo

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    Sandymount Rd?

    Have you viewed the property? Any obvious signs, or nearby sources of infestation?
     
  3. Ellie123

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    This particular house I'm to view this weekend. I have viewed another house on the road a while back which looked fine, to be honest I wouldn't have a notion what to look out for as a sign of rats. I was going to ask the agents dealing with the sale and if they don't give me a definitive answer, I was thinking of calling Dublin County Council. Currently I'm not living in the area so hard to know if there is an issue.
     
  4. Leo

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    Rats on that scale would leave plenty of evidence in the form of droppings within a property.
     
  5. rob oyle

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    Adopt a cat (or even better, cats) from a rescue.
     
  6. Monbretia

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    My father had a rat problem, cats were useless, I think you need them practically wild for them to be any good catching rats and it didn't deter the rats either having cats around.
     
  7. trojan

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    If it was me I would walk away from this house as you may always have a lingering fear there may be rats around and any little noise could trigger such anxiety.
     
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  8. RedOnion

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    The estate agent is the last person on Earth that will tell you if there is a rat problem!
     
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  9. Peanuts

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    If you are really interested in the property I would knock on other doors on the street and ask them if they have had problems and have they gotten to the bottom of it.
     
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  10. geri

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    Look at question 34.

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  11. PaddyBloggit

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    OP ... run (quickly)
     
  12. noproblem

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    Post No 10 would make me walk away very quickly.
     
  13. Palerider

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    I bought a house earlier this year as a holiday home, the neighbours told me of the rodent issues not the agent, there was a mouse and rat problem in the previous 12 months and on and off over years, I bought anyway, I could not access the attic until after I bought the house but there was evidence of droppings, rat and mouse traps and a rat cage up there.

    I've cleaned out the clutter, closed up access points to the house and installed an ultrasonic in the attic and kitchen, so far so good, I made my decision to buy there based on location and price and my belief I could prevent an infestation through counter measures as decribed, that said a rat can climb almost vertically and access through the eaves is possible, I'll go daft if I get them in my ownership so my advice is to use this issue as a negotiation tool if you want the house and prepare for a good clean out and counter measures.
     
  14. Brendan Burgess

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    Sandymount Road is not near the places mentioned in that councillor's question. They would have rich pickings on the strand and on Marine Drive long before they get near Sandymount Road.

    The Dodder is a great wildlife habitat but again I would imagine that the rats wouldn't need to travel to Sandymount Road for a bit of warmth in the winter.

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    I live around the corner and can't think of any building or reason why rats would be more common there than anywhere else.

    But why not ask a pest controller? I would have thought that any building can be made rat proof. And any building which is badly maintained could be easily accessed by rats.

    Brendan
     
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    By an extraordinary coincidence, this morning, I saw a rat on Sandymount Strand for the first time in 15 years living here. I just caught it disappearing from the edge of the attached photo.

    There really is nothing in Sandymount which would compensate you for the risk that you might have to pay a builder a few thousand euro to seal off your house to protect you against the possibility that a rat using its natural ratnav would leave the recycling bins on the beach and head off the half mile or so along the strand, up Marine Drive, past the rich pickings of the caf├ęs and food shops in Sandymount Village down Sandymount Road to attack your house.

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  17. noproblem

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    Obviously ate through the electric wires and created that massive fire in the photo. Must have gone down to the beach to cool off.o_O