Rat eradication pilot program kicking off
Three stage pilot to target 9 neighborhoods at cost of $770,000
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced an enhanced rat eradication program this morning for nine communities in Baltimore County, including Middlesex and Hawthorne. The communities were selected after an analysis by Code Enforcement officials and discussions with County Council members and community leaders. The Plan will provide intensive extermination treatment, increased trash pick-up, and educational follow-up to all homes in the pilot area. The intensive extermina- tion treatment will cost $170,000, as determined by a competitive bid award. The increase in trash collection for the targeted areas will cost $600,000 annually, for a total pilot program cost of $770,000.
“We have been working closely with the County Council and community members over the past few months to take a fresh look at how the County can control the rat population,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We believe that this multi-pronged approach will yield results, and by creating a pilot in 9 targeted neighborhoods, we can evaluate its effectiveness before expanding to other communities.”
The pilot will be comprised of three components. During Phase I, the County has selected two pest control companies to target nine neighborhoods with intensive treatment for eight weeks, with follow up treatments where needed. Phase II will implement an additional weekly trash collection in these nine communities. Phase III will involve working with community groups to increase education and to sponsor community cleanups. Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works will provide dumpsters to communities to assist in this effort.
“This is a really important initiative, and I am very pleased that the County will pilot the project before expanding it,” said 1st District Councilman and Council Chair Tom Quirk. “It will be interesting to see the results. It will be very excit- ing if we can move forward.”
“I am very appreciative that the administration has been so responsive and is willing to try a new approach to control the rat population,” said 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins. “This is a real quality of life issue for families in my district, and I will be monitoring the progress of this effort very closely.”
“This is very good news for my area,” said 7th District Councilman Todd Crandell. “A lot of people are working very hard to combat this issue, and I am pleased that the County will dedicate additional resources to this fight.”
“The Riverview Community Association, is extremely pleased with the new proposed initiatives and we are more than ready to support and work with County Executive Kamenetz and Councilman Quirk in this effort,” said Ron Whitehead, President of the Riverview Community Association.
“Code enforcement and fines alone have not been as effective as desired,” Kamenetz said. “Partnerships like this and community education must be part of the solution to our trash and rodent problems, and give us pride in our neighborhoods.”
Over the past three years, Baltimore County has spent $100,000 and eradicated nearly 16,000 properties.
The proposal will be discussed at the County Council work session on April 25 and voted on at the Council’s May 1 Legislative Session.