Construction Management

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Construction doesn' t have to lead to rats, and Cambridge is committed to preventing increases in rodent activity during construction projects to the greatest extent possible.

Rodents are usually not disturbed by routine road and sidewalk work, but by extensive demolition or excavation.  The City requires that a rodent control protocol be established prior to approval of demolition and building permits involving excavation.  All Public Works contracts dealing with excavation or underground utilities also include rodent control (including pre-construction surveying and baiting) in their specifications. 

Rats usually stay close to home; they typically go just far enough to find food and shelter.  By working to eliminate rodents in an area before and during construction, Cambridge works to prevent the spread of rodents to other neighborhoods. 

If you have any question or concerns about rodents near a construction site, please call us at 617.349.4800 or email;


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Dept of Public Works

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Cambridge MA 02139


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Monday: 8:30am-8pm
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Friday: 8:30am-12pm