Rats overrun rubbish in Lincoln Meade complex

2010-03-23 00:00

AFTER The Witness reported an infestation of rats in the city due to the municipal rubbish strikes that have left the streets filthy, a Lincoln Meade resident phoned in about her own rat problem.

Pauline Crow, a chairwoman of Glenmeade complex, said only some of the rubbish of the 91 units in the complex has been collected since the municipal strikes began, and this is causing both a rat problem and a health hazard.

She said municipal workers collected the rubbish in one of the three bins on Monday, “but just left the other two”.

“I have been trying for so long to get the municipality to do two pick-ups a week, but that just falls on deaf ears,” said Crow.

She said the complex requires two rubbish collections a week because of the huge amount of rubbish it produces. “We have an average of five people per unit, there is so much rubbish and it stinks.”

The mounds of garbage at the complex gates have attracted hungry rats. She said there are rats scurrying around the whole complex. “I have seen more than enough rats about the complex, and in my view one rat is one too many.”

And wherever there are rats, there are cats. SPCA spokeswoman Maureen Vida said, “There has been an increase in feral cats because there are rats everywhere. The feral cat population is flourishing, but at least they are helping with the rats.”

Vida said a food chain is emerging: the litter on the streets feeds the rats and the rats feed the feral cats. “Both the rats and the cats flourish in areas with litter problems,” she added.

The SPCA has a trap, sterilise and release programme to control the numbers of feral cats.

“We catch and release the cats in areas where there are a lot of rats …” Vida added.

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