New offensive against rats begins on local beaches

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City officials and beach vendors campaigned to eliminate rats on Pattaya and Jomtien beaches in a renewed public-health push.

Warunee Reuankaew, disease prevention chief, and Pattaya’s top lawyer, Sretapol Boonsawat, led the parade of volunteers, beach massage workers and public-health officers April 21.

City officials and beach vendors are campaigning to eliminate rats on Pattaya and Jomtien beaches in a renewed public-health push.
City officials and beach vendors are campaigning to eliminate rats on Pattaya and Jomtien beaches in a renewed public-health push.

Together they handed out 70 rat traps and advised beach chair and umbrella sellers how to curb the vermin explosion.

Vendors were told they are primarily responsible for keeping their area clean, removing both their garbage and that of their customers, and ensuring there is no leftover food on which the rats can snack.

The rats carry disease and damage the image of Pattaya, officials said.