First pair of owls released to exterminate rats in Subang Jaya


Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) today embarked on a pilot project to introduce barn owls for rat population control in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

The first pair of barn owls were released today in SS15/2E, in a project believed to be the first of its kind in Asia. The project is a joint effort between MPSJ, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) and SJ Echo.

MPSJ president Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said MPSJ had previously tried to kill the rats with poison.

“The effort is less effective as the rats build up tolerance for the poison,” he said.

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50% Rise in Dengue Deaths

Last year, the number of dengue cases paints a scary picture. There was a more than 50% jump in the number of deaths caused by dengue compared to 2014.

According to the Health Ministry, was the highest number of dengue deaths ever recorded in the country.

According to the ministry, 336 people – an average of 28 a month – died from dengue last year compared to 215 in 2014, a rise of 56.3%.

There was also an increase of 11.2% in the number of dengue cases throughout last year, up from 108,698 in 2014 to 120,836 cases.

That’s 333 cases a month or 110 cases each day!

The ministry is now cautioning people to brace for an equally bad, if not worse, year ahead.

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Riding with Bed Bugs

From The Star Online

A TEACHER had to endure nine hours of discomfort in an express bus after being bitten by bed bugs, Nanyang Siang Pau reported.

Chen Yun Jie, 32, said the bugs started to attack her about 30 minutes after it left Penang heading towards Johor Baru on Dec 27.

When the bus stopped at a rest area in Tapah, Perak, a few hours later, Chen said: “I found several more bites on my body and legs.”

She also discovered bed bugs inside her luggage and clothes when she reached home.

She complained to the driver who apparently just kept quiet about it.