A massive Boa constrictor hiding in the bushes in Dublin
1st April 2017
Well, we thought we’d seen it all – We received a call from a house on Blackhorse Avenue after they heard strange noises coming from their back garden which backs onto the Phoenix Park. We arrived on site to find a load of shrubbery and branches disturbed so we started to remove all the debris to investigate further. We were expecting to find evidence of rodents or even a fox – but no – we were confronted by a massive Boa constrictor hiding in the bushes.
The Snake lunged at my work colleague and proceeded to wrap itself around her – I couldn’t do anything as I’m terrified of snakes – so after talking to the herpetologist in Dublin Zoo I was told to tickle the snake under its head and the snake would release its upcoming meal… well little did I know it was April fools day and the zoo thought this advice would be a great laugh so tickle it I did resulting in the snake grabbing me as well – now the 2 of us are wrapped up in the snakes coils awaiting someone from the zoo to come free us !!
Ah we are only joking… it’s April Fools day there wasn’t a snake at all in the back garden ……. it was a Lion!
A rat had gained access to a toilet bowl
4th April 2017
After a call out to a house last week on Dorset St we were amazed to be shown a rat had gained access to a toilet bowl – the only thing is the toilet was 3 stories up!! – this can happen, incident but only really rarely. Well, a separate property called us today, this time on Clonliffe Rd and guess what? – yep another incident.
These seem to indicate there is a major surge in these areas as rodent problems around Dublin 1 Dublin 3 and Dublin 5 are at an all time high.
Ants in her babies cot covering her babies soother
10th April 2017
Ants seem to be the problem taking the stand this week with 3 calls coming in today alone. Although they carry virtually no diseases and are one of the most fascinating insects on the planet – unfortunately, are becoming a major problem- especially in food serving premises. We have calls coming in from residential and commercial customers complaining about Ant infestations – one customer rang when she found Ants in her babies cot covering her babies soother.
*****Extract from the National Geographic******
Ants are one of the most successful organisms on Earth. Their numbers boggle the mind. In terms of biomass (the amount of living matter), ants make up at least 15 percent of the terrestrial animal biomass. In tropical areas, such as the Amazon, this number increases to 25 percent or more of the terrestrial animal biomass. One hectare (about 2.5 acres) of land in the Amazon rain forest can contain eight million ants or more. A study in the savanna of Côte d’Ivoire showed that a hectare there harbored 20 million.
Ants are successful not only in terms of sheer numbers but in their geographical coverage of Earth, as well. There are only a handful of spots where native species of ants do not exist. Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, parts of Polynesia, and a few other extremely remote islands in the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
Another day another rodent problem
12th April 2017
Another day another rodent problem, we were called to a property where there had been sighting of a large rat. Upon inspection, evidence was found of a rat and nesting material. They called a pest control company 3 months ago, and the company told the client it was a mouse infestation. And they laid bait points around kitchen/hot press/ and attic areas where are the usual hotspots.
No survey had been carried out on the outside of the property where we found a major access point. A quick fix had the client been told about this the problem would have ended 3 months ago.
We know how agile rodents are and after a full inspection, we removed a dead rat from the casing of the oven!!. Please be extra vigilant regarding your property. Check all the usual exterior hot spots and block any gaps no matter how small. If in doubt give us a call, the advice is free!!