Barrington Flemming,Gleaner Writer
Rat infestation in sections of Montego Bay, St James, has become a constant battle for the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division, which established its western branch in the city last February.
Senior Food Stores Inspector Owen Scarlett told The Gleaner that while they have reduced the rodent population through baiting and other methods, the rainy season has presented another challenge.
"The rainy season presents a challenge in that the burrows the rats live in generally become full with water and the rats scurry from the holes into the streets seeking a dry haven," Scarlett said. "Now that makes it seem as if there is an increase in their numbers."
He said garbage collection should be done at least three times a week to ensure that the rodents do not have access to food.
Speaking specifically of the Charles Gordon Market and the problem of garbage collection there, Scarlett commended Montego Bay Mayor Glendon Harris for taking special interest in ensuring that there are improvements in that regard.
"We are working with the mayor and the parish council on this one and he and his team have been doing a good job. We both are working to keep the vendors off the street and to ensure that the way they store food for sale meets with established standards," Scarlett said.