Shanghai has declared war on rodents and residents are advised to make sure that their pets are not caught up in the crossfire.
Starting yesterday, authorities began scattering red and green poison pellets around restaurants, supermarkets, wet markets, livestock farms, demolition sites and residential neighborhoods. This campaign will continue for the next nine days (until November 11th).
While the rodenticides are considered less harmful to humans and pets than your typical rat poison, obviously, eating them is not recommended. Warning signs (seen below), in both Chinese and English, will be placed beside the toxic pellets. If a child should eat these colorful balls by mistake, they should be taken to the hospital immediately; same thing for pets.
Residents are also urged to clean up their own homes and block up ways that rats might use to get in. Autumn is the rat breeding season and the rodent population is expected to soar in Shanghai — so you might want to stay away from hot pot restaurants as well, just to be on the safe side.
[Images via The Paper]
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