Rats! D.C. work­ing to fight ro­dent woes amid com­plaints

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

The na­tion’s cap­i­tal is tak­ing a mod­ern ap­proach to deal­ing with an old prob­lem: rats.

The num­ber of re­quests for ro­dent abate­ment in­creased from 2,300 in 2015 to more than 3,500 last year — an in­crease of 65 per­cent.

To man­age the rat pop­u­la­tion, the District will of­fer grants of up to $13,500 to some busi­nesses for ro­dent­proof trash com­pactors.

The city also is putting 25 so­lar trash cans and 400 smart lit­ter bins in so-called “rat hot spots.” Smart lit­ter bins come with sen­sors that mon­i­tor the amount of waste in the bin, among other things.

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