To the Editor:
As a property owner, I am very concerned about the rat infestation problem that is taking place in some neighborhoods in the city. Yes, you read it correctly – rat infestation. Leaving trashcans uncovered provides a feeding and breeding ground for these germ- and disease-carrying rodents, but the number one rat attraction is dog poop (www.doodycallsdirect.com).
Dog Poop Attracts Rats
“Put plainly, rats and other rodents are attracted to dog poop because they like to eat it. In fact, dog poop is said to be the number one food source for rats in developed areas. If your community has a rat problem, you may want to investigate whether that problem is being fueled by a pet waste problem. Rat populations thrive, reproducing often wherever there is a readily available food source. Make sure your community is not becoming a rat breeding ground by keeping pet waste off the ground and in a closed container – preferably one with a lid.”
Before I can mow my lawns along Florida Avenue, I have to go around with a small shovel to remove all the dog mess that some (not all) dog walkers have left behind. Leaving dog mess for others to pick up is a dirty, nasty practice. For those of you that live around the playground on Florida Ave. and Southern St., I’m sure you are all too familiar with the dog mess that is constantly being left in the area.
Now that you know our neighborhood is inviting a rat infestation problem, I am asking you to please do your part to help prevent it. Don’t know what to do? Here are some suggestions.
• Educate yourself on rat infestations
• Call Animal Control at 464-8700 about the dog walkers that don’t pick up
• Contact our City Council member, Richard Santamaria Jr., at 946-6709
• Put out some signs: CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG
• If you see a dog walker that does not pick up, inform him/her that dog mess attracts rats