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.
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