Joburg’s war against rats

2011-08-01 13:02

The City of Johannesburg is going to war against rats, it said today.

“We will execute this campaign with military precision,” member of the mayoral committee for health and human development councillor Nonceba Molwele said in a statement.

“With the support of communities we will win this battle.”

The campaign to eradicate rats, rodents and “other pests” would start tomorrow and would target Alexandra, Orange Farm, Ivory Park and Orlando East.

It would include prevention and clean-up operations.

“The city is very aware of the rat problem and rodent control is one of our public health priorities,” said Molwele.

Prevention was the best solution for controlling rats. This could be done through removing the conditions in which rodents thrived.

Residents could help by wrapping their household waste in plastic bags before putting it in the dustbin and by keeping open spaces clean, including parks and vacant land.

“Buildings should be ‘rat-proofed’ to prevent the rodents from gaining access. All holes in exterior walls should be closed off. Poison baits and other rodenticides can be used to control the population.

“It is strongly recommended to use bait-dispensers, which prevent accidental ingestion of poison by domestic animals,” said Molwele.

The campaign would involve councillors, youth groups, schools, ward committees and Infrastructure Service, Urban Management and Pikitup. 

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