The Department of Environmental Health began a comprehensive rodent control programme in the George Town community on Tuesday.
Over a one-week period DEH officers will work to reduce the rat population in the community by setting rat bait around residences and other locations which may breed and harbour the rodents, states a press release.
Officers will be baiting residences in the following locations: Watlers Road, Washington Boulevard. (commonly referred to as ‘Swamp’), Eastern Avenue, Mary Street, Shedden Road, Bodden Road, North Church Street, Courts Road and Sound Way.
Residents with children and pets are warned to be aware of the presence of rat bait in their neighbourhood and to prevent their loved ones from interfering with it. Rat bait is usually strategically placed around premises the bluish-green blocks are easily identified. Parents should take precautions and warn their children not to interfere with the bait or any dead rats as they can cause adverse health effects. Pets should be secured.
The DEH will not bait premises if no one is at home but will leave information asking occupants to call the office to make an appointment. It would be best if arrangements can be made for the same week as the proposed baiting.
The department requests the George Town community’s cooperation in allowing DEH officers access to their properties and private residences in order to set the bait on their grounds-all part of their island-wide rodent control programme.
Residents can identify DEH officers by their government identification and uniforms.
If members of the public have any questions about the rodent control programme they can contact the DEH at 949-6696.