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Who's responsible: D.C. Department of Health

We reported on rats in NE D.C. on Friday, but that's just the furry tip. The Daily Gripe has been buzzing with a number of complaints in the District in recent weeks. The beady-eyed critters have been spotted raiding recycling bins, nesting in backyards and even feasting on dog droppings as we mentioned in Friday's post(yuck!).

We turned to Dena Iverson, the spokeswoman at D.C.'s Department of Health (DOH), to find out what the city was doing to control the pests. Here's a rundown of recent activity.

Problem: We reported at the beginning of July about a rat problem in the 1600 block of Harvard Street. DOH responded to the gripe, but we're still getting periodic reports of rats in the are.

Iverson's response: "A pest controller was sent to 16th & Columbia Rd. to inspect and bait for rats on the public space there two weeks ago. We have that area on a weekly baiting schedule and we will inspect and bait every week until it is a significant reduction in the rat population there."

Problem: A griper named Nick reported rats in the alley between Lamont and Kilbourn streets in Mount Pleasant. Nick wrote there are 12 supercans in the alley, which seem to be attracting rats.

Iverson's response: "An exact address would...allow the vector control team [to] look up the exact complaint to see how we've responded to this one. Regarding the containers I would check with [the Department of Public Works]. They are the agency to issue tickets to residents that leave their waste containers out after collection. Waste containers must be put out for collection after 6:00 p.m. the day before trash is to be collected and placed back inside the yard as soon as possible after the trash is collected."

Nick, can you give us an exact address?

Iverson also gave some general tips:

"DOH provides free rodent control on public and private property. Residents should call 311 and file a complaint, we will receive that complaint the next business day and dispatch a pest controller to inspect and bait. The resident will receive a confirmation number that will allow them to track the complaint."

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 16, 2010; 10:44 AM ET
Categories:  The District , Unfixed  
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