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Rat race on in Portland

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2017 | 2:00 AMGareth Davis

PORT ANTONIO, Portland:

With rats and roaches running around loosely in the parish capital, a pest, insect, and rodent control company, Kirk Distributors, has responded to a distress call from the Portland Municipal Corporation to assist with its clean-up effort of Port Antonio and its environs.

The corporation on Monday received a variety of pesticides, insect powder, and mouse blocks from Kirk Distributors through its brand name Farco products - to assist with the eradication of rodents and pests, including mosquitoes, which have overrun sections of the Musgrave Market, the corridors of the bus park in Port Antonio, drains, and several derelict buildings in the parish capital.

"Hats off to Kirk Distributors for its voluntary contribution," said Paul Thompson, mayor of Port Antonio.

"We have had our issues with rats and other rodents, which made headlines in the newspaper recently. But today, a pest control company has seen it necessary to assist us with the fight against rats, roaches, and other insects. The previously bad garbage situation is a thing of the past; however, we are still plagued by rats, roaches, and other insects that are still occupying various spots," he added.

Three weeks ago, the town was spared an embarrassment in a race against time to clean Port Antonio of its uncollected commercial garbage, which littered just about every street in the parish capital - ahead of the scheduled arrival of a cruise vessel.

"We are here as partners to provide the necessary products to eradicate rodents and pests in Port Antonio," said Sherine Hemmings of Kirk Distributors.

TESTED AND PROVEN

"These are products that have been tried, tested, and proven. They are very effective in the fight against rats, roaches, mosquitoes, ants and other crawling insects. Port Antonio is arguable the most beautiful town in Jamaica, and having learned of the challenges, we took great pleasure in partnering with this corporation in the fight to clean up this town and its environs," she added.

But while expectations are high, chief public health inspector in charge of the parish, Lorenzo Hume said due process has to be followed before the war against the rodents and other pests can get under way.

"We have to ensure that baits are set in areas that will not compromise the environment," said Hume.

"We also have to ensure that when these baits are set, they will not cause any harm to our domestic animals. Consultations will have to be held, and other stakeholders will have to be engaged. We do not want a situation where a particular area is cleaned up and the rats migrate elsewhere. And, therefore, the baits and other chemical will have to be set without the cleaning of any area, so as to ensure the best results," he added.

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