Burch reports lower rodent sightings

  • Reduced numbers: David Burch (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Reduced numbers: David Burch (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The rat population appears to be on the decline, the Department of Health has said.

A department spokeswoman said this week: “The Vector Control section can report that service requests show signs of slowing in August compared to the previous month. There were 320 calls in July compared to 256 in August to date,”

The spokeswoman added: “The Department of Health is once again asking residents to assist in controlling rodents by keeping their yards clean, keeping trees cut back, making sure they have bins and lids for their trash, cleaning up the barbecue right away and, most importantly, waiting for the trash days before putting trash out.”

The Department of Health was backed by Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, whose public works ministry is responsible for trash collection. He said that the rat problem was “absolutely” related to trash disposal habits.

However, he added: “They’re improving, I know so, I’ve asked the workers.”

Colonel Burch said it was “irritating” that some irresponsible residents had contributed to the rat problem.

He added that the “naturally occurring problem” was worsened by careless disposal of waste. Colonel Burch said: “We’re always going to have it because rats in some cases live in certain types of palm trees.

“That’s their food, so unless we chop down all of the palm trees we’re always going to have rats.”

He added: “The rats don’t go into my trash and that’s for a simple reason. I don’t put a meal for them, in my trash.”

“That’s part of the problem, the irresponsibility of residents who are aiding and abetting the rat problem that we always are going to have.

“There is an exacerbation of a problem that would naturally exist in any case.

The people that have a rat problem are putting a meal in their trash for the rats.”

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Aug 28, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 28, 2019 at 6:04 am)

Burch reports lower rodent sightings

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    • "Views on schools reopening for 2019-20 year during coronavirus pandemic"
    • All schools to reopen once cleared
    • 32%
    • Older students only
    • 4%
    • Older students but for exams only
    • 12%
    • Remote learning only
    • 53%
    • Total Votes: 4058
    • Poll Archive

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts