Somerville rats beware: Trash day will no longer be an all-you-can-eat buffet.
The City of Somerville announced Thursday that it will be distributing uniform trash carts to residential units in June in hopes of controlling the rodent population. The carts will be large and have secure-fitting lids to prevent overflow, according to the city.
Every household that receives trash service from the city will receive one free 64-gallon, rodent-resistant wheeled trash cart, similar to the zero-sort recycling carts already in use, sometime in June, according to the city.
The move is part of the city’s new Integrated Pest Management Plan, announced by Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone in November.
The plan’s five key initiatives:
- Financial assistance for residential rodent control
- A new uniform residential trash cart program
- Comprehensive dumpster inspection and enforcement
- Establishment of the Rodent Action Team (RAT)
- Rodent fertility management as piloted in New York City