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Clean them! Debris in buildings habouring rats, insects

This dilapidated building was photographed in a section of the Road Town on Tortola.

Commercial and domestic property owners are being warned that they could be penalized if they fail to clean up their debris-littered buildings in and around the territory’s capital in a timely manner.

Thousands of buildings were damaged following last September’s hurricanes and a large percentage is still in a state of disrepair.

Their damaged roofs, broken structures, and rubble-covered floors are proving to be a nesting place for rodents, and a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects.

Chief Environmental Health Officer, Lionel Michael told BVI News that talks have begun with city officials to have the matter rectified.

Environmental health authorities are soliciting the public’s cooperation, in the meantime.

“The streets are cleaned, and they did a magnificent job of that. But inside buildings; the accumulation of debris is of public health importance. We are very concerned about that,” he said.

Legal route a last resort

According to Michael, the Environmental Health Department will only resort to taking legal action if absolutely necessary.

“We are appealing to them (property-owners),” he said.

“We will take every measure to eliminate environmental risks for the territory but we don’t want to take the legal route first.”

Asked how long property-owners have to clean these rat and insect-infested buildings; Micheal was unable to say.

However, he said he wants the matter addressed as early as this week.

Besides being a nuisance, rodents and mosquitoes are well-known for causing diseases such as leptospirosis and the zika virus, respectively.

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  1. listen says:

    Please have someone come and look into that garbage/vehicles belonging to the vehicle place.. that is packed with rats, snakes and many other things.. right between in a Residential Area..

  2. Homeowner says:

    This person think he can come here and talk about legal and cant get his staff run. there is so much rats and snakes in the Environmental health department.

  3. Lucy says:

    Is that the house on Ran Pickering Drive?

  4. Read says:

    When a rat runs across the foot of one of the two tourists here then we will see some action. We a mess.

  5. Peaches says:

    Environmental Health please check out Brady Ghut, Fat Hog’s Bay. These people are failing to clean up around their homes. It is 5 months since the passage of Irma and the sight of up there is depressing! If you have to force them to clean up do what you have to. Hurricane season should not come around again and meet the island in this state.

  6. Government says:

    Our government departments should lead the way. Every government office that is in the same state since the hurricanes. They are talking about derilict vehicles and the eye sore. Have you seen the parking lot at administration building?

  7. Luvz says:

    I am curious to know as seen in the article picture with the rats, are they the actual size seen around the place? If so, my gosh they are humongous!

  8. Yuck says:

    Those big nasty field rats gives me chills. They bite you, you are in a lot of problems.

  9. Careing says:

    This lady is 93 years old and have to be assisted to walk, Why don’t some of us get together and help clean it up for her instead of flying your mouths.

    • listen says:

      @ careing, I agree with you a hundred percent, I don’t know why they had to show a picture of this building as an example and there are many other homes and establishments with more than well able people that have severe infestations. they need to take this photo off of this 93yr old person’s house. Before hurricane this was one of the cleanest propertys in road town. Bvi news shame on you.

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