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Resolve rat menace quickly


Unhygienic: Garbage left strewn at Kota Damansara Gugusan Dedap 2 Apartments.

Unhygienic: Garbage left strewn at Kota Damansara Gugusan Dedap 2 Apartments.

MAZLAN Mohamed Anuar, who lives in Gugusan Dedap (GD) medium-cost apartments in Kota Damansara, said rats were a big problem here and sometimes even keeping them up at night.

He said the rats had made holes and tunnels in the garden and carpark area.

“We can hear the rats scampering about along the corridors and this makes our skin crawl.

“The situation is really bad and we are worried about the consequences, like the spread of leptospirosis,” said Mazlan who lives at GD 2.

He said some had resorted to blocking the drains with objects such as plastic bottles but this was of no use as the rats still managed to get into their homes.


Kota Damansara Gugusan Dedap 2 Apartment resident Mazlan Mohamed Anuar showing the deep hole burrowed by rats that make part of the network of tunnels around the apartments.Rats have burrowed a network of holes around the apartment grounds.
Growing problem: Mazlan showing the deep hole burrowed by rats that form part of a network of tunnels around the apartments.

He urged the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS), which manages the apartments, and the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Health Department to resolve the rat problem fast.

“One of the main reasons the rat population has increased is due to food waste dumped all over the place.

There are three designated garbage disposal areas located at GD 2, GD 5 and GD 9 but MBPJ’s garbage collection contractors do not place the dumpsters, once cleared, back into the designated spots.

Homemaker Amira Daeng Opo said the rats had made their way to the apartments on the first floor and even begun gnawing at doors.

“Once, I woke up at 4.30am as I thought my cat had jumped into bed. To my horror, it was a large brown rat. When I screamed, it scampered away,” she said.

Amira said she had counted at least 12 rats running around the carpark area one night recently.

Another homemaker, Zaitun Halim said the rats she had seen were almost as big as kittens.

Mazlan said he had written to MBPJ about the problem in November as well as May this year, but no action had been taken.

“I have tried flooding the network of tunnels with water using a hose but this has not stopped the rats,” he said.

He called on MBPJ to engage private pest exterminators to solve the problem if the council did not have the expertise.

Central Region , Health , Family Community , rats , fleas , MBPJ

   

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