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A New Tool in Somerville’s ‘War on Rats’

The tool is part of the city’s new Integrated Pest Management Plan.

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

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Holly Pearson May 17, 2014 at 07:18 AM
Kudos to Somerville for trying what is being tried in the NYC subway system - birth control for rats. Humane solutions are always best.
Julie the Jarhead May 17, 2014 at 07:56 AM
City of Malden, take note!
Frank Mulligan May 17, 2014 at 08:14 PM
Malden DOES"NT have RATS, Somerville DOES,
Rpar May 18, 2014 at 07:58 AM
Humane's always the best I doubt it! These things carry a ton of diseases and threatening everyone . They ruin people's life's by destroying there businesses and lively hood . I know I will never eat anything from East Somerville or Cambridge knowing how many rats are around those areas . It's time to take care of this problem and barrels is just one of the solutions and the other solution would be for people to chip in and help keep there areas clean of garbage

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