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Does Salem Have a Rat Problem?

A Board of Health request for $1,500 for rodent control is on the agenda for Thursday night's City Council meeting.

At their meeting at City Hall Thursday night, City Council members will consider a request from the Board of Health to transfer $1,500 into the department's rodent control account.

The $1,500 request is in addition to the annual $1,500 rat control budget, which has already been spent curbing the local rodent population, Board of Health Clerk Heather Lyons-Paul said Wednesday afternoon.

"When we get a complaint from neighbors or hear about a rodent population that has increased we will bait the storm drains if we see evidence," Lyons-Paul said.

While local animal control officers handle calls regarding raccoons, skunks and possums - controlling the local rat population is a Board of Health issue.

The rodent population in Salem has been abnormally high over the last few years because of unseasonably warm winters, Lyons-Paul said.

Have you seen a rat near your home in Salem? Have you noticed that you've been seeing a lot more of them lately?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Deb January 24, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Although rats are more of a BoH issue than that of the animal control officer - now that you mention it, what DOES Famico do? Seriously. 99% of the time the SPD responds to animal calls, if we are to go by what's published. I don't know what, if anything, he does, but I betcha he's gonna get a pension when he retires.
John Merrett January 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Those rats better be paying their CPA property tax!
Patty January 24, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Went through 3 exterminators- well over the Salem 1,500.00 budget- Called the Dept of Health which was no help. Pay over 5,000 in taxes- A nightmare I wouldn't wish on anyone who gets or has this problem.
Carolyn Costain January 25, 2013 at 03:23 AM
The Salem rat problem from Bridge st to Howard st. to the common seemed to get worse when they built the By-pass road and were digging up Bridge street. I've seen live and dead rats the size of a medium cat. I use to visit a friend in that area and in the summer it's bad!
David Waters April 04, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I would say they have too serious of a problem. I suppose I shouldn't be comparing it to rodent control in Chicago but the situation here is same if not better. http://www.chem-wise.com/pest-control-homeowner-tips.htm

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