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Rodents caught in sticky traps are seen at Colleen’s in Haiku, which closed after an inspection Thursday. – Photo courtesy of the Department of Health

A haiku restaurant was closed and a red poster was displayed after a health inspection revealed a rodent infestation.

Inspectors observed 810 dead and live rodents at Colleen’s on Haiku Road on Thursday, the state health department said on Friday.

An initial inspection on July 7 found rodent droppings in a storage cabinet, but no further evidence of rodents. The inspectors discussed with the owner several holes in the walls and the installation of a door sweeper.

On Thursday, a complaint reported a rodent in Colleen’s dining room, and a follow-up investigation found that seven dead rodents were trapped in snap-and-stick traps in the kitchen and bar areas, and three were living rodents.

Colleen is closed to the public during the inspection and the department has a red “closed” Information sign in the windshield on the imminent health risk.

Seven dead and three live rodents were found in traps at the Haiku restaurant. – Photo courtesy of the Department of Health

According to the department, Colleen’s had been using commercial pest control services on a monthly basis prior to the inspection.

The DOH inspector requested that the following actions be completed before the restaurant could reopen, including:

• Contracting pest control services to provide rodent control treatments at least weekly.

• Train staff on a written procedure to monitor and plan the rodent traps set up by the restaurant and pest control company to monitor the level of rodent activity in the restaurant.

• Have a standard routine for cleaning areas under kitchen appliances.

• Proper storage of all food in the storage room and in the kitchen in plastic containers with closed lids.

• Covering or repairing holes or openings in the structure.

A follow-up check is planned for July 23.

Seven dead and three live rodents were found in traps at the Haiku restaurant. – Photo courtesy of the Department of Health


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