Peabody Combats Rising Rat Downside With Pair Of New Rodent Weapons


PEABODY, MA — Peabody is seeking to rid itself of its extreme rat drawback with the assistance of some new instruments designed to sterilize or shock rodents to dying.

The town stationed 55 SMART bins in “high-problem areas” in June as a part of what it calls a “pest inhabitants management mission.” These bins, secured by Fashionable Pest Management, kill the rodents with an electrical present and use no poisonous supplies or pesticides.

This month, Peabody will place 50 extra Contrapest stations “in areas of excessive rodent exercise.” This program by A-1 Exterminators features a “fertility management” bait that doesn’t kill the rats however makes each female and male rodents unable to breed.

“Like many city areas within the Northeast, Peabody is seeing a rise in complaints associated to rodent exercise,” Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt stated. “We acknowledge the potential well being and high quality of life points this will pose for our residents and companies, and we’re one of many first communities on this area to implement these revolutionary approaches.”

Whereas rodents operating wild are a difficulty all through the North Shore, animal management specialists have cautioned towards the usage of poisons to manage the inhabitants as a result of hawks, eagles, owls, coyotes, foxes and different pure predators ingest the poisons once they eat the contaminated rats and mice and turn out to be very sick themselves.

“We’re happy to have these new methods at our disposal, to complement our current surveillance, trapping, and conventional baiting actions and to reduce the necessity to depend on pesticides,” Peabody Well being Division Director Sharon Cameron stated. “As well as, we actually want the partnership of property house owners, enterprise house owners, and residents to work with us to manage rodent exercise within the metropolis by eliminating sources of meals and harborage.

“These measures are a very powerful a part of any rodent management program.”

The town will even be stricter in imposing codes to right circumstances that help rodent exercise, require meals institutions to provide and observe Built-in Pest Administration Plans, require pest management plans for big buildings and avenue opening tasks, and cite violations of metropolis ordinances that require lined trash cans and upkeep of properties.

Residents are requested to maintain outside trash in rodent-proof, air-tight containers, remove outside meals sources — together with fowl feeders — remove “nesting” areas resembling previous automobiles, tires and overgrown vegetation, elevate hay and woodpiles to no less than one foot off the bottom, monitor compost bins for rodent exercise and discontinue compost use if there’s a signal of rat infestation, and rapidly take away greens and fruit that has fallen to the bottom from gardens and bushes.

(Scott Souza is a Patch area editor overlaying Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott. He might be reached at [email protected]. Twitter: @Scott_Souza.)


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