Ohio capital city fights rat problems with fliers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Without money to bring back its rat-control program, the health department for Ohio's capital city plans to map complaints and spread fliers educating residents about dealing with the rodents.

The Columbus Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/16Qdf6o) reports the city's service line has received over 200 rat complaints involving rental properties this year, almost reaching the total for last year. In August, Columbus also started logging complaints from nonrental properties, with more than a dozen so far.

Some people hope Columbus Public Health resurrects a rat-control pilot program conducted a few years ago, but the proposed 2014 budget doesn't include money for that.

Virginia Tomolillo has trapped 22 rats in her yard this year. She blames a neighbor who leaves dog food outdoors, and she says city education efforts might help.

___

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Council vs Columbus
    Seattle will consider a resolution to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day

  • Whatever it Takes
    Ricardo Lockette takes playing time with the Seahawks over pride

  • Moving Up
    How Bellevue will handle students who transfer from 'failing' schools
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.