Pawtucket Launches New Tool to Battle Rat Problem

Jun 3, 2013

The City of Pawtucket is stepping up efforts to combat a rat problem. The city gets ten to 15 complaints a week about the rodents.

The City of Pawtucket has set out 85 rat bait stations. But unlike previous years, where they might have gone unchecked for up to two months, they’re now being checked, and re-baited if necessary, every two weeks. Shawn Logue, the city’s Code Enforcement Director, said the rat problem is most prevalent in two neighborhoods.

“Historically the problem usually starts in the Fairlawn/Woodlawn area and if you look at a map the transfer station is kind of the nucleus of those two neighborhoods,” said Logue. “I’m not saying that’s what creates the rat problem but it’s just usually where they come from and it just kind of goes out from there.”

Logue is holding some community meetings next week to advise residents on what they can do to deter the rat problem. Key recommendations: make sure your hard is clean of debris, cut back overgrown vegetation, keep garbage cans covered and clean up after your dog. Rats eat dog feces.

Want to Go?

Monday June 10th at 6:30 p.m.

Smithfield Congregational Church Hall

514 Smithfield Ave. Pawtucket, RI

Tuesday June 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Woodlawn Community Development Center

210 West Ave. Pawtucket, RI

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