The City of Johannesburg has chosen owls to fight a rat plague in Alexandra, city spokesman Nkosinathi Nkabinde said on Wednesday.
Methods used to kill rats included owls, rat cages and fumigation.
“The city has opted for the owl solution,” he said.
“Owl nesting and release boxes have been installed in three schools in Alexandra as this three-year project will be educating schools on the role owls play in eradicating rats.”
Nkabinde said prevention remained the best solution for rat control.
“We have to eliminate the conditions in which the rodents thrive and for this we need the active co-operation of all residents of Johannesburg.”
Nkabinde said illegal dumping and the careless disposal of food and waste were still the primary causes of rodent infestation.
The campaign to eradicate rodents and “other pests” in Alexandra, Orange Farm, Ivory Park and Orlando East, started in August. - Sapa