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