Boston City Council met last week to discuss animal care and control in the city. Representative Lydia Edwards was in attendance to ask specific questions as the conversation related to North End residents. A major takeaway from the discussion was the focus on the Norwegian rat problem in the neighborhood and city at large.
Inspectional Services Department (ISD) explained that they are making great strides with the Department of Agriculture to implement a dry ice rat control solution this year. Dry Ice is a powerful tool that is not only cost effective, but is also environmentally friendly, as the chemical composition is simply frozen CO2.
The technology itself is rather straightforward; when a rat hole is identified, it is filled with dry ice and covered with dirt. The ice then turns into gas and exposes other rat holes in the burrow, which are also filled with dry ice and dirt. Within 48 hours the burrow is revisited to determine progress, and the process is repeated if the holes have been disturbed in any way. A benefit of this solution is that the rats will stay buried in the burrow.
In addition to the dry ice topic, the committee also discussed building inspections and budgeting. Watch coverage of the full meeting below, and check out our previous coverage on rats.
- Dry ice initial conversation (26:29)
- City Councilor Lydia Edwards (34:31)
- Dry ice revisited (50:30)