COUNCILOR-AT-LARGE STEPHEN J. MURPHY FILES ORDER FOR A HEARING REGARDING THE INCREASED RAT PRESENCE IN NEIGHBORHOODS
The order will be introduced at the regular meeting of the Boston City Council on October 7, 2009.
“I’ve heard from countless residents about rat issues in their neighborhoods,” said Councilor Murphy. “From Allston-Brighton to Mission Hill and from the North End to the Fenway, we are seeing an increased rat problem. We need to sit down at a hearing and figure out what Inspectional Services is doing to address the issue and figure out what more needs to be done. There is no reason why anyone should have to worry about rats entering their home. It’s just not the way you want to live.”
The rat issue is not new to the city. In fact, in the mid-1990s there was a concerted effort in the Back Bay to control the rat population. The increased baiting was helpful at that time and the neighborhood did see a reduction in the population.
There is an overpopulation of rats in the city once again and, as a result, the rats search our neighborhood streets in search of food. When they are unable to find food on the city streets they are forced to go indoors, which brings them into the homes of city residents.
A hearing will be schedule in the coming weeks to determine what the City is doing to curtail the rat population and prevent them from entering homes.
Contact Councilor Murphy’s Office at: 617.635.4376.