CORK County Council has strongly advised the public to refrain from flushing rat poison down toilets or discharging it in public sewers.
The advisory follows a motion from long-standing Independent councillor Noel Collins who queried the solutions to fight an increase in rat infestation in the county.
Mr Collins asked: “If rat poison was flushed through public toilets would it have fatal consequences for animal and human life?”
In response, the council said following discussions with Irish Water their shared view was to “strongly advise” that any form of rat poison should not be flushed down toilets or discharged to public sewers.
The council said there are two significant risks which would arise from this behaviour.
“Any such toxin entering the public sewer could cause serious harm to the treatment system at wastewater treatment plants which rely on bacterial action.”
The council response went on to say that wastewater treatment systems were unlikely to remove toxins from the treated effluent and as such there would be a risk of harmful discharges to receiving waters which would, in turn, be harmful to fish life and to human health.
This is not the first time the Midleton-based Councillor has been worried about combating the effects of a rat infestation.
In 2016, Mr Collins told constituents to watch their backsides as he recounted a tale of one man who was bitten by a rat while on the toilet seat.
At the time, Mr Collins told the County Hall chamber, “I would advise homeowners to keep their toilet lids down when not in use.
"And to watch their posteriors.”