Rat populations in older cities like Baltimore have been established for hundreds of years, and they will gladly reside in Bolton Hill if we don’t make our neighborhood as inhospitable as we can for them.
Rats are just like people– they need food and shelter to survive.
The city and the EPA offer these recommendations to discourage rats:
Remove their food
Eliminate their shelter
One source for assistance is the Rat Rubout Program offered by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. If you call 311, the Department will send exterminators at no cost to your house. They will apply pesticides and place baits, which come in many different forms. Be extremely cautious if you see small boxes filled with bird seed or small pressed squares of corn. Don’t let your children or pets touch anything fitting these descriptions, or any animals or birds that have died as a result.
As an alternative, residents on some blocks have collaborated and hired a private, licensed exterminator to address the issue in their yards and alleys using the safest and most environmentally-friendly approaches available.
* CAUTION *
Professional rat bait is attractive to all kinds of animals and birds. Remember that rat poison presents a significant risk to our children, pets and wildlife not targeted by the bait, including songbirds and raptors. In addition, the poison makes its way through storm drains and into the Chesapeake Bay, causing additional damage to this very fragile ecosystem.