Rodent infestation stable

March 6, 2019

The overall rodent infestation rate for 2018 was 3.4%, slightly lower than the rate of 3.5% in 2017, the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department announced today.


The rate in 2018 suggested rodent infestation in public areas was generally stable.


All districts had a rate of less than 10% for 2018. A relatively high rate of 11.1% was recorded in Kowloon City for the second half of the year.


The department has enhanced rodent prevention and control measures, including filling up holes and cracks on floor surfaces, adjusting the location of baiting points and rodent traps, providing advice on rodent prevention and control to property management companies of private buildings, and arranging health talks and promotional activities, in areas where rodent activity was detected during the survey period.


As in previous years, the department has rolled out a two-phase citywide anti-rodent campaign.


The first phase was launched in early January and will run until March 15, while the next phase will start in July.


Inspections and rodent prevention and control measures in areas including markets, municipal services buildings, hawker bazaars, typhoon shelters and lanes near food premises will be enhanced.


The department also plans to conduct special operations to strengthen rodent prevention and control in various districts.


In addition, the Housing Department, with the support of the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department, is conducting anti-rodent operations on a trial basis in two public housing estates.


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