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Complaints about rats; authorities again roll out eradication programme

BVI News Online - Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 8:37 AM

File photo. Credit: GIS

Amid complaints that rodents are causing a major problem in a number of communities, the authorities have rolled out their annual Rodent Control Programme on Tortola, adding that other islands will benefit from the initiative in the first quarter of 2014.

The Department of Waste Management, in collaboration with the Environmental Health Division, is executing the programme to mitigate the spread of dangerous diseases that will arise if rodents are allowed to over-populate.

Environmental Health is setting the bait in Road Town, while the Department of Waste Management is focusing on the outer villages like Carrot Bay, Myers, Belle Vue, Long Trench, East End and Beef Island.

Chief Environmental Health Officer Carnel Smith said areas are being bated based on the number of complaints received as well as the look and condition of the areas, especially illegal dump sites and places where there is waste along the road-way.

Baiting consists of putting rodenticide bricks into bait boxes. The vermin come and take the rodenticide and share it back at their burrow.

“The bait boxes are checked every week and a count of the remaining bait is recorded. We measure the effectiveness of the programme through the number of missing bait which indicates activity and the number of dead rodents in bated areas,” Smith told the Department of Information and Public Relations.

He continued: “It is very important for the community to understand that the boxes and the rodenticide are specifically designed for rodents. Thus, persons do not have to be concerned about their pets and or other animals coming into contact with the boxes.”

Smith also stated that the initiative, which started in mid-November, “is designed to control the growth of the rodent population which continues to cause problems in our schools, businesses and communities”.

Bait being set. Photo Credit: GIS

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  1. Marie
    December 1, 2013
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    :) Rat soup..yum yum. Plenty for all.

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  2. Gram
    November 30, 2013
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    If we start eating rats, there would be no problem because people hungry these days. Plenty of rats make full bellies.

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  3. classic
    November 30, 2013
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    while the politricktians grandstanding it looks like some kind of epidemic is on the horizon, lord help my little natural secret.

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    November 30, 2013
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    The biggest sets of rats are at Port Purcel. At every port they have two sets of dumpsters from two different companies paying twice for the same service. Most of the time the dumpsters are not even half full. Let us first deal with the human rats and then look about the little ones.This corruption will never end.

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  5. Good Book
    November 30, 2013
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    • Poor and Suffering
      November 30, 2013
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      So what does size have to do with anything. Rats are everywhere

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