City may own part of rat prob­lem

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Rats on the in­crease

It comes as no sur­prise that there is an in­crease in the sight­ings of rats, and the city may be par­tially re­spon­si­ble.

I live on a nar­row cul-de-sac that’s too nar­row for the garbage truck to turn in, so a com­mon dump­ing area is used. Our garbage pickup of­ten hap­pens at 6-6:30 in the morn­ing so res­i­dents are forced to put the garbage out at the night be­fore. Although I have seen no rats as yet it is com­mon to see skunks, rac­coons, pos­sums and birds tear­ing into the garbage, spew­ing the open con­tents of bags ev­ery­where. It only stands to rea­son that rats would be at­tracted to this easy meal. Although green re­cy­cle bins are used, plas­tic garbage bags are reg­u­larly torn apart by an­i­mals look­ing for a hand out.

One so­lu­tion would be pickup later in the morn­ing so res­i­dents can put their garbage out first thing rather than the night be­fore. Also, be­cause we have a com­mon dump­ing area, that the city pro­vide large dump­ster bins. Rob Ni­chols, Hamil­ton

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