Luas construction is bringing Dublin's rat population out

There's been a 200 per cent rise in pest control call-outs
There's been a 200 per cent rise in pest control call-outs

The construction of the LUAS Cross-City tracks are producing some unpleasant side-effects, namely disturbing the extensive rat-population of Dublin City Centre.

Residents in Phibsboro, North Dublin say that they have been tormented by gnawing and screeching noises emanating from under their floorboards in recent times.

One resident told the Irish Daily Mail that he had caught up to 20 rats in his north-side home.

Domhnall Sweeney (49) said that he has had to contend with a rat infestation for the last nine months.

"This has been going on since Christmas - since they started digging up the road for the LUAS," he said.

Pest control companies are warning that there has been an upsurge in Dublin's rat population.

"Activity has increased 200pc," said a representative from Complete Pest Control in Dublin 3.

Meanwhile LUAS Cross-City works have paid for eight pest treatment sessions carried out by a professional company.

A woman resident who did not wish to be named said that up to three homes on her road had been infested to date.

"You'd just know you'd have them; you'd hear the gnawing, scratching and screeching."

A spokesman for LUAS Cross-City said that they had received a couple of complaints about rats and have taken appropriate action.

Sarah-Jane Murphy