A father-of-four from County Down, Northern Ireland has appealed for help after catching more than 60 rats in his home over the past four years. Sé McKendry said his Crossgar house has been overrun by rodents, some he described as "giant rats". He added that the Housing Executive, who own the house, have not been able to figure out how the rats are getting in.
Mr McKendry said: "We just want this sorted. We can hear the rats scuttling
about all the time. Some of them are huge. It's horrible. My wife wants to move, but this is a nice house and we're
settled here." He said that while some of the rats are small, others are "as big as
cats". He added that he had counted 59 caught rats since 2010.
But he said the actual figure is higher as he did not start counting them
until six months after the infestation started. Mr McKendry said he had tried everything to get rid of them, but nothing
had worked. "I used poison but they would die in between the walls and then the smell was
horrendous. I once had to smash through the bathroom wall to get rid of two dead
rats. Now I just use live traps. We catch them all the time. Once I caught three
in one trap."
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Mr McKendry said his children had become accustomed to the rodents,
particularly his four-year-old son. "Recently he saw me taking out a trap and said, 'please don't kill them,
they're my friends'. He doesn't understand and thinks they're just cute
animals." Mr McKendry added that none of his neighbours are affected by rats and that
authorities have been unable to find out how they are entering the house. The Housing Executive said efforts to get rid of the rats are ongoing.