Among the many volunteer fighters I met during my first stint in Libya in early March was a young man who said he worked for Rentokil. I made some sort of feeble joke about how his pest control services were needed in Tripoli. There was a rat that needed catching, or some such.
Then again just outside Benghazi I met rebels driving around in a pick-up pinched from a pest-control service. Cue same joke, although it was lost on my Arabic-speaking audience.
Anyway, turns out it is no joking matter. As The Financial Times reports:
The pest control-to-cleaning services company, which had a contract to control the rat population in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi, has taken a £4.8m hit after suspending its operations in the country.