Action Line: Rats infest Waialua home

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Rats are taking over a property in Waialua.

Waialua resident Lester Choi contacted Action Line after failing to receive help from the state.

Choi has lived in the same house for more than 30 years and has never had a rat problem until now.

“We have some over here, one over there, a couple inside that box,” Choi said.

Choi points out the rat traps he placed around his house.

“We’ve been having, choke rats coming into the area of the house,” Choi said.

On Wednesday night, he captured 24 rats. He showed KHON2 just a small portion of the dozens he snagged.

“You can take the rat off the trap and the partner’s just looking at you and you can see them running around still yet,” Choi said.

Choi doesn’t just see them, but he hears them crawling on the roof and scurrying alongside his house.

“That was nuts, I mean, it was infested already,” Choi said.

KHON2 talked to his neighbors, who have seen a few rats here and there, but do not have the kind of rat problem Choi is having.

The Waialua resident thinks the rodents are coming from this field across the street. He contacted the Department of Health and talked to an official who explained how budget cuts gutted the vector control branch.

In 2009, there were 68 people working for vector control. Now, there are only 14 positions including one inspector for Oahu.

Choi didn’t receive any help.

“Then I called one of my friends and they said call Action Line and see what happens,” Choi said.

KHON2 contacted the Department of Health and was told that Choi needs to provide an address of the field. Even though there is only one inspector for the entire island, the inspector will visit the site a few days after receiving the address.

Choi just wants help getting rid of these pests.

“Carry disease and what not, so I just want to make sure we get this thing straightened out as fast as we can,” Choi said.

When the inspector finds out where the rats are coming from, he will notify the property’s owner and ask them to correct the problem.

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