PETALING JAYA: About two decades ago, Bangsar was a rat heaven, with thousands of them scurrying around the eateries in what is now the Jolly Green Giant food court.
City Hall (DBKL) swung into action and rats are a rarity there now.
A former DBKL health director who helped tackle the rat infestation there has revealed the various steps taken to eradicate the pests.
Dr Jessie George said that when the news of the rat infestation broke, her team immediately went on the offensive to identify and solve the problem.
“First and foremost, we had to identify the problem spots. Once we did that, we checked how frequently the rubbish was being collected.
“If there were long gaps between each collection cycle, it then meant a lot of rubbish and leftover food were lying around for pests, especially rodents,” said the health director who retired in 1997.
Dr Jessie said all pests, including rats, needed three important elements to breed – shelter, food and water.
Her enforcement team discovered that many eateries there did not have proper food disposal techniques.
She said in a two-pronged effort, DBKL went on a full-blown clean-up exercise which included catching the rats, cleaning clogged drains, back alleys and roads and placing more rubbish bins.
The second effort, which Dr Jessie described as a long-term solution, was through education and awareness.
“Thankfully within a year, our combined effort with the eateries worked and we managed to solve the problem,” she said.
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