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Tips for Controlling Rodents

Monday, November 21, 2022
Controlling rodents can be a difficult task for any community. Below are helpful tips you can try to reduce the impact of rodents (rats, mice, and squirrels) on our everyday lives:
  • Eliminate their source of food and water. A rodent only needs one ounce of food waste per day to survive. Placing all food waste in locking compost carts is one of the best ways to combat rodents. The lock on compost carts seal in the odors so rodents have a much harder time locating and accessing food. Eliminate any standing water on your property.
  • Ensure your trash is properly managed. Make sure all trash carts have their lids closed and make sure there are no food materials in the trash, especially in any excess trash bags placed at the curb on the morning of collection. If you have a trash, recycle, or compost cart with a chewed through hole in it, contact the Department of Public Works to request a replacement at: Cambridgema.gov/Recycle.
  • Apply for City’s Private Property Rodent Control Program. Residents in buildings with 4 units or less are encouraged to sign up for the City’s Private Property Rodent Control Program. The Program provides free inspection and at least 3 baiting/trapping/follow-up inspections within a 60-day period. Learn more at Cambridgema.gov/Rodents.
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