If there’s one thing that can send shivers down anyone’s spine, it’s pests, especially rats. Mr. Liu, a hawker at Hong Lim Market and Food Centre near Block 628, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, recently shared his experience with a rat infestation that lasted for over a year in that area.
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Every morning, Mr. Liu would walk to the food center and come across a pile of garbage bags and cardboard boxes. He believed that the nearby stores were responsible for this mess, as they didn’t bother to open the garbage chute and would leave the waste lying around.
Frustrated with the pests lurking around, Mr. Liu decided to take matters into his own hands. He reached out to a friend who sold roast duck and acquired some meat as bait. Setting up rat cages at strategic locations, Mr. Liu successfully lured and captured at least 50 rats in just one month. Since then, he has continued to catch a smaller number of rats in the area.
But the rat infestation wasn’t the only issue caused by the heap of rubbish. On September 3, around 1 p.m., a fire broke out near the garbage chute. A panicked cleaner rushed to the food center, explaining the situation. Mr. Liu quickly joined the scene, where people were trying to extinguish the fire with water. Concerned about the cause of the fire, he decided to smash the glass of a nearby fire extinguisher and used it to put out the fire before others showered it with water.
Fortunately, the incident was not serious, although Mr. Liu and his friend sustained minor injuries. The Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) confirmed that a report was lodged and one person was injured, but the injured person refused to be sent to the hospital.
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Cover image sourced from Harrison Haines/Pexels and Fantastic Pest Control.