THE residential and business communities of Taman Raja Idris and Lorong Basong, here, are being visited by "neighbours" of both the flying and slithering variety.
KUALA KANGSAR: Mosquitoes and reptiles, mainly cobras and monitor lizards, are believed to spawn from a vacant plot of land as well as an abandoned house nearby.
The plot of land formerly housed the Women's Hospital, but it has been left unattended since the hospital moved more than 10 years go.
A Streets check showed the grass there to have grown over the fence surrounding the plot.
They were puddles of water that could serve as mosquito breeding grounds.
The 50-odd families living there said numerous complaints made to the authorities had come to nought.
Retired teacher Chuah Ngal Eyen, 70, said the Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council would occasionally fog the area -- and that was it.
She said her grandson could kill between 200 and 300 mosquitoes a day, just by swinging the mosquito racquet.
"A few years back, five of my family members contracted dengue and chikungunya. At least one member of each family in the neighbourhood was infected at that time.
"We are afraid that could happen again if the authorities fail to act soon," she said at her house in Taman Raja Idris.
Chuah was also visited by a cobra, which entered through the kitchen.
"We believe the snake came from the vacant land and the abandoned house just down the road. Our neighbours have seen snakes gliding in and out of the house, which has been abandoned for over 10 years as well.
"We hope the authorities will demolish the rundown structure as it is not safe. Vagrants have made the house their shelter," she added.
Housewife Khor Soi Hoo, 61, said she and her family were at their wits' end.
"How long more are we to live in fear of our health and lives?" she asked.