A resident living at Hougang Street 51, Mdm Teo, shared that a rat appeared at her home 3 days before Chinese New Year.
At the time, she knew about a rat infestation in the area for at least 3 years, even before the beginning of the pandemic.
And even though the fat was caught by pest control services, the rat infestation had deteriorated to the point where she had to buy rat traps herself.
Other residents have also been spotting the rats around the estate, which previously would run around the corridors in packs and rummage through rubbish to look for food, they now got bolder and are entering people’s homes.
Mdm Teo shared that they were unnerved by the rat that entered their flat and was paranoid by the idea of another one coming in, so she bought some rat traps and set them by the stairs.
She then got busy over the next few days, setting the traps and catching the rats, and in the space of three weeks, managed to catch 5 rats.
However, she added, despite the rats laying for 2 days by the stairs, the cleaners allegedly never cleaned up the rat carcasses.
Teo asked why the residents are paying conservancy fees if these issues are not being dealt wife, as she shared about the stench from the rotting rat carcasses.
Teo’s Facebook post
This is a situation built up over the last 3 years(pre COVID) and a matter of health and safety for not only my own family but for the residents of Blk 561 Hougang St 51.
To put it bluntly, the neighbourhood is infested with rats and the #amktc
has done very little to address and find a permanent solution for this situation.
We endured putting up with rats running around the corridors 1st floor & 3rd Floor and they’re running in packs, rummaging through the rubbish bin’s looking for food.
Our block in particular has the smallest trash bin issued to a block. This has resulted in the overflow of refuse and has been easy target for the rats.
The last straw came right before this CNY 2023, a tiny mouse ran into our living room and it took AMK Town Council 3 days to resolve this issue. The rat was finally caught but it took *6 pest control staff* to get the job done.
This incident unnerved us and we were paranoid by the idea of another uninvited guest roaming into our flat.
We started to set a mouse traps in various locations and more prominently by the stairway landing of our block. Since CNY and through February we have trapped 5 rats in the span of 3 weeks.
What makes the situation even more unsettling is that the rats on the stairs were left there and the town council cleaners who were supposed to do daily cleaning have not found the trapped rats. Imagine the smell of a rotting carcass just left there until the stench became evident.
Our family are totally distraught by the whole incident and and our neighbours join in the frustration as the rat situation till today still persists.
Ang Mo Kio Town Council what are you going to do about this! The whole neighborhood is a rat hole
We the residents have put up with this nightmare for the last 3 years and it’s turning our neighbourhood into a first world ghetto.
Can you imagine your own family going through this above situation on a daily basis. You can imagine the trauma and the phobia your family will go through.
I am appealing to all my friends and family members to help me to share my post to gather enough attention to the #amktc,#AMKHougang town council and MP to address the pest issue in Hougang estate .