“Controlling The Population Of Rodents”

March 13, 2023

The Department of Health’s Environmental Health Section is advising the public that “if you have noticed increased rodent activity on your property, to please contact Vector Control for assistance at 278-5397″ and provided tips to help with ”controlling the population of rodents in your neighborhood.”

A Government spokesperson said, “Vector Inspectors will conduct a property assessment, provide rodent-proofing advice, and recommend required bait boxes.”

Minister of Health Kim Wilson said, “Rodents can cause considerable damage to personal property and structures and carry disease. They breed every three months, and a mouse can produce up to 48 babies per year, and one rat can produce approximately 25 babies yearly. Rodents are excellent climbers and swimmers and can enter structures through tiny holes or gaps around windows, doors, plumbing venting and roofs.”

The spokesperson said, “Here are some tips that can assist with controlling the population of rodents in your neighborhood:

Proper Waste Management

  • Adequate garbage disposal containers with lids
  • Only placing garbage outside on scheduled trash collection days
  • Direct disposal of garbage at the Tynes Bay Facility
  • Reduce harborage that provides breeding conditions such as paper boxes, lawn debris, trash and old equipment

Pets, Pet Food, and Composting

  • Ensure that pet food spillage and excess is cleaned up or secured [e.g. pet birds, rabbits, cats, dogs]
  • Do not feed feral/wild animals
  • Only use rodent-proof composting boxes
  • Discard lawn clippings and vegetation appropriately at Marsh Folly Composting Facility

“Rodent bait boxes are used as a safe way to distribute poisons which protect domestic animals. They can be purchased for $15 each from Vector Control / Environmental Health. The servicing and monitoring of bait boxes by Vector Inspectors is free of charge. For more information about rodent control, visit https://www.gov.bm/rodent-control.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    When I first read the headline I thought it was the new PLP Government immigration policy.

    I was wrong.

    • Hmm says:

      When I first read it I thought the OBA had charged the name again.

      The name Losers Party or Lazy Party seems more appropriate.

      • saud says:

        How’s your racist plp dong for Bermuda?

        LOL…driven completely into the ground yet?

  2. Toodle-oo says:

    Proper Waste Management..

    **Only placing garbage outside on scheduled trash collection days.**

    Like we’ll ever get it through the heads of these people who just don’t take the naked bags out the night before , they take them out and dump them knowing they’ve missed the scheduled collection and the trash stays there for 7 more days.

    In this supposed information age it seems that barely anyone knows that it’s the law that trash only goes out on the morning of collection day .

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Part of the problem might be that trash is often not collected on “scheduled collection days”

    • PBanks says:

      They know.
      They just don’t care. Get it out of their house and not worry about the consequences.

      Nothing will change unless something different is introduced such as a mandatory bin policy.

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        A British style mandatory bin rule will only work if the PLP Government provides the bins. There are those who will refuse (some out of spite and some out of principle) to purchase a bin and there are others who simply will be unable to afford to purchase a bin

    • LOL (original) says:

      Its 24 hours.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        NO , it’s the morning of collection day and Derrick Burgess made it the law. lol

        • question says:

          The problem is the actual collection of trash could be anywhere between 6.00am on the designated collection day, and any time in the three days thereafter.

          • Toodle-oo says:

            While that may be true (but not all the time) it’s not to be confused with putting the trash out the day , or days , before collection .

            • question says:

              Quite. But you have to admit, it’s a bit frustrating if you are getting ready to take your trash out at 7.30am only to see them zoom by without stopping.
              And then the following week you get up at 6.00am to make sure you don’t miss them, and they arrive at 8.30pm, or never, finally getting there some time in the afternoon the following day.
              It’s so inconsistent that it’s not surprising that some people say to hell with it, I’ll put it out the night before and it will stay there until they arrive.

              • sandgrownan says:

                Exactly. It’s a lottery.

              • Toodle-oo says:

                We don’t have any control over if the trucks show up on time or late but we do have the responsibility to put the trash out only on the day that it’s to be collected.
                As if putting it out the day before isn’t bad enough with all the rat and bird issues the one that takes the cake is when there’s an overnight gale forecast or even a hurricane the next day (and you know the garbage run will be cancelled) and people STILL put the trash out. And what happens ? The next day their trash is scattered through 3 parishes and is now littering their gate and they just drive past it with their noses in the air. Their lazy pigs only worried about their own convenience.