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7 unwanted animal invaders you might find in Ireland

Raccoons! Wild boar! Ladybirds? Asian clams?… Yup, all of the above are deemed ‘invasive species’ in Ireland.

PEST CONTROL COMPANY Rentokil has warned that Ireland’s ant population is set to reach a ten-year high this summer, based on current weather patterns and the number of calls received earlier this year.

Ants we’ve seen before. But racoons? Wild boar? These are seven creatures you might not expect to find in Ireland but – according to the  National Invasive Species Database – you may well come across…

7 unwanted animal invaders you might find in Ireland
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  • 1 - Raccoon

  • 2 - Siberian Chipmunk

  • 3 - Asian Clam

  • 4 - Wild Boar

  • 5 - Bloody Red Shrimp

  • 6 - Yellow-Bellied Slider

  • 7 - Harlequin Ladybird

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