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Your Input Needed on Dundalk's Rat Problem

Baltimore County officials say "Rat Attack" is succeeding; residents say they don't see any change in the area's rat population.

Patch is working on a followup to Baltimore County's report issued recently that states Code Enforcement officials are seeing great success with their rat eradication program, now dubbed "Rat Attack."

After Patch published an article in which county officials touted the program's success, many Dundalk residents posted comments on Dundalk Patch and its Facebook page saying just the opposite.

Residents voiced frustration with trying to reach and get consistent information from Code Enforcement employees; continuing problems with neighbors who don't properly store trash; and continuing problems with junked cars and other backyard debris that provide habitat for the rodents. Residents also complain about gardens and even cars being heavily damaged by the burrowing, gnawing creatures.

Based on the comments I have received so far, I have had a preliminary interview with Code Enforcement Chief Lionel van Dommelen, and plan to meet with him this week.

If you have additional feedback about the rat eradication program or specific problems you believe are contributing to your area's rat population, please contact me at marge.neal@patch.com.

I will take your specific concerns to van Dommelen, and use that information in a followup article.

When you send an email, include a phone number so you can be interviewed by phone.

GARY ROBERTS February 21, 2013 at 02:22 AM
i need someone to try out my new rat nightmare hotel I read all of your comments 2 hours ago you guys are on your own Im in the process of building a high tech rat killing machine plans are done need a yard infested to try it out I live in edgemere no rats just squirrels wich I RELOCATE
Jason Danaher February 21, 2013 at 03:57 AM
I got a letter to buy a rat box because of a rat hole and i called code enforcement to ask where the rats where. i clean my pop up every day, I bought new trash cans, etc etc. I was told by the code enforcement officer that it was my neighbor but he knew i would do something about it so he wrote my house up. I met with johnny O and it was a waste of time but come election year holy CR#p, they sure do something
Sandra Brooks February 21, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Our area was treated (not exterminated) about 6 months ago - found dead rats here and there, but they are back in full force. I do not park in my driveway nor do I go out of the house after dark. I don't know what the answer is, but I do feel that stricter enforcement of the regulations governing trash and clutter would help somewhat. I can't wait until the grass starts to grow and those big galoots will then have somewhere to hide - it's almost like the rats are paying taxes and therefore have a right to live in the neighborhood!
Shell9 February 21, 2013 at 04:50 PM
If you are using the plastic one with the lids or attached lids, they won't keep the rats from getting in. I have had 3 cans chewed through in the past year. So I will put Rat poison in the bottom of the cans now. It seems to me they adapt to the poison quickly and avoid them. I have put several poisons and trap out in my garage, shed and under the house storage..I can tell you that there is not one nibble on the new batch. I know they are still there though. Maybe we can get a Dundalk discount from an exterminator company. If enough people sign up for the treatments..Money per month or one time treatments....Maybe we can make a dent in it.
Freddy February 21, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Shell9 As you are aware the plastic cans are pure junk when it comes to the rats. Metal cans are the way to go and once they begin to rust replace them. The county needs to regulate this type of trash can if they continue to spend money of extermination efforts.

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