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Perry Harts, Senior IT Strategic Planner
Username: Perry

Post Number: 65
Registered: 06-2002
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 09:19 am:   

We live in one of the new communities on the north side of Eldorado and the rat population in our area is completely out of control.

I'm catching 8-10 adult rats a day using snap traps around the perimeter of our house along with using poison rat bait and the flow of rats onto our property doesn't seem to be letting up.

Can the city please help us? We called up Frisco Animal Control but never received a call-back and we're really not sure what to do from here.

Posted by Bob Nilsen

Greg Carr, Code Enforcement Administrato
Username: Greg_carr

Post Number: 16
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 02:21 pm:   

Its is a long answer. The good news is that this problem has been limited to a short time in the late fall for reasons listed below.

This tends to be a seasonal issue as the weather gets cooler and the grass fields around the city get cut, mowed, or cultivated. The City is restricted on what we can do at this time on public right of ways because of the issue of liability. If the City were to bait or trap, and a pet or child gets hold of it there could be serious consequences. The City also does not have anyone that is licensed by the state to place traps or poisons. That requires a special license. A homeowner can do their own pest control or hire a professional.

The City does not provide a vector control program on private property. The City cannot enter private property to address the rodent issue. That is the responsibility of the property owner. A continuing abatement program, for example: keeping landscaping and grass cut, sealing trash containers, not leaving pet food out, not leaving trash and debris out and consistent pest treatment, will greatly help in reducing the rodent impact on private property. For common areas owned by a Home Owners Association, the HOA is responsible for the care and maintenance of the common area property and should be contacted if there is a concern.

City parks are maintained by the Parks Services Department. Parks Services does employ a pest control agency that uses the tamper proof bait boxes to attempt to control the rodent population. Unfortunately, open areas like parks limit what they can do safely since they are concerned over the possibility of children or pets being harmed by any rodent control method they use in a public area. The Parks Department continues to work and improve upon pest management.

We understand the potential for increased rodent activity especially within and around areas such as Frisco seeing rapid development. Residents can address their immediate property by placing rodenticides and/or traps in areas where the rodents have been gathering. This will help to ensure rodents do not establish a population on your property or within your house. Residents should not treat areas other than their own. Rodent populations are best kept at bay from residential areas by neighbors cooperating and setting bait stations and/or traps in strategic areas to treat multiple houses or a whole street at the same time. If this is not done, there is a good chance the rodents will run from house to house only returning when bait stations are depleted. The combined efforts of your neighbors and the HOA should help with keeping the rodent population down.

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