As of 2013 Columbus Public Health had received 90 phone calls regarding rats, since that time the city's rat-control efforts expanded to the University district, North Linden, South Linden and Harrison West.
According to the vector control program manager Scott R. Whittaker, the warmer weather brings about more rat activity in the city and that furthermore the primary food source for the rats in Clintonville is bird seed. Whittaker believes in a proactive approach to rat-control, by first eliminating rodent food sources as well as clearing out places where rats call home. Admittedly Whittaker also has no issue using pesticide to rid the city of its rodents if necessary as he is well aware of how tricky these pests can be.
According to Whittaker "Rate are incredibly smart" and if one observes another being killed by a spring trap they won't fall for the same trick. This is why regular and proactive steps must be taken to combat the rodents in Ohio.
Moreover experts believe Dog droppings to be the second most common source of food for rats in Clintonville, thus implying how important it is to pick up after your pets.
Specifically a control plan is in effect in which the city will reassess all locations with prior rat activity and if evidence is found all parcels within a 200 foot radius will be inspected for food sources. According to Whittaker 200 feet is approximately the distance a rat will travel in a day.
Upon first implementing the program Clintonville residents reportedly responded with a good deal of concern but since the program has settled in the district representatives have heard nothing but positive remarks from the neighborhood.
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