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Baited cages: The next step in curbing Khayelitsha rat infestation

Cape Town will roll out its new control strategy in a bid to curb the rapid growth of rats.

FILE: The City of Cape Town is rolling out a new rat control strategy in Khayelitsha. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town is rolling out a new rodent control strategy in Khayelitsha in a bid to curb the rapid growth of rats.

Following the failure of the bait-blocking approach in the area, residents will be issued with baited rodent cages to trap the animals.

City health officials say during a pilot phase of the project launched in October last year, around 4,500 rats were caught.

Mayoral Committee Member for Health Siyabulela Mamkeli says while the "live catch" approach has proven results and community participation is necessary.

"Increasing the use of poison to block baiting is a risk and waste unless all the alternative food sources for the rats are removed and they only have poison to feed on. This is an impossible task to achieve."

He adds the cages provide an alternative method which is poison free and has a guaranteed catch rate.