How Chicago Controls Its Burgeoning Rat Population

Chicago has tried almost everything to control the increasing rat population before the city is overrun by the rodents. The rat population was fuelled by the boom in construction and the relatively mild winter. The city hall is trying both new and traditional ways of rat control hoping that it will deliver promising results.

There is a type of poison called Contrapest that is designed to make rats infertile. If it works are advertised rats will not be able to breed and the poison will be regularly used in enclosed and contained areas that serve as breeding grounds for the rodents. The poison will be tested for 6 months at a waste transfer facility in 34th and Lawndale. At least 25 bait boxes will be installed with each of them equipped with feeding tubes to encourage the rats to take the poisonous bait.

Dry use is a traditional method used by the city to control rat population and it produced promising results in parks and medians; however, the use of dry ice was discontinued because it was not approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recently, EPA has acknowledged the use of dry ice and the city will begin to use it again to control the rat population in the city parks.

Dry ice is a quick and effective approach that puts the rats to sleep before they perish. According to Commissioner Charles Williams of Streets and Sanitation, dry ice is a safe tool they can use in parks to control the rat population that is increased by residents who throw food, wrappers and other leftover stuff that rats feed on.

“Target Rats” posters as well as “Don’t Feed the Rats” posters will be distributed to Chicago residents with brochures to advise them on the right methods to control rats. Residents will also be persuaded o secure their trash and clean their own backyards.

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