Leftover scraps, such as these on one of the tables behind KFC, are ideal for rodents. (Picture by Carlos Atwell.)
While rodents along the South Coast continues to be a problem, the real issue is with those walking on two legs rather than four.
The WEEKEND NATION team visited the Hastings area yesterday, travelling along part of the Richard Haynes Boardwalk. Reports indicate rodents are a particular problem near fast-food restaurant KFC, as the creatures are attracted by food some people indiscriminately throw away or leave behind.
Indeed, there were some food remnants on one of the outdoor tables, prime pickings for a bird – or a rat.
A National Conservation Commission (NCC) worker detailed their experiences spotting the rodents.
“I see plenty of them, early in the morning and on evenings. On evenings, I see them jumping out of the cans and running across the road, and even attacking crabs and I hear people complaining about them,” she said.
As bad as this sounds, the worker also said the bait programme seemed to be working as she had come across some dead ones on the beach, which they disposed.
NCC manager Keith Neblett chastised those members of the public who continually littered the beach. (CA)
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