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Reduced trash pick-ups could mean rodent trouble for Flint MI.

 

Reduced Flint trash pick-up begins Monday; residents worry about onset of rodents

By Kristin Longley | Flint Journal

FLINT, Michigan - His formal name is Rattus norvegicus, but here in Flint we know him intimately as the rat.

The greasy, gnawing rodent feeds at night, burrows beneath homes and garages and eats everything no matter how disgusting.

But its delicacy of choice? Fresh household trash.

The preferred diet of the rat - and other pesky vermin - has some residents worried that a city decision to collect trash every other week will cause an explosion of the local rodent population.

Rats are attracted to exposed garbage, which could become a serious health hazard if people store trash near their homes, said Genesee County Health Officer Mark Valacak.

Rats can carry several communicable diseases, can fit through an opening a half of an inch wide and are known to bite, he said.

"Just wait for the mice and things to come," said Flint resident Charlie Luster, 68. "People aren't going to want (trash) in their home, and they'll put it out on the side of the road."

Beginning Monday, residential trash pickup will be reduced to every other week, meaning household waste in most cases will be sitting around for an extra week before crews are able to collect it - and it will be up to residents to make sure it's properly stored.

Garbage needs to be kept in secure, covered containers - preferably ones strong enough to withstand tiny, sharp teeth, said Valacak.

Storing trash properly also will cut down on odors and deterioration of wet garbage, he said.

"I'm personally going to have to buy two more trash cans with secure lids," Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said. "We're going to have to do some new things in new ways."

Walling said the trash cuts will save the city about $20,000 a week and more than $1 million in the first full year. The city is trying to trim a projected $8 million deficit.

News reports show cash-strapped cities across the nation are considering similar cuts or privatization of trash collection to save money.

Still, residents can't help but picture a stinky summer with bags of trash rotting in the sun or fear for an increase in illegal dumping on Flint's hundreds of vacant lots...

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Reduced trash pick-ups could mean rodent trouble for Flint MI.

 

Reduced Flint trash pick-up begins Monday; residents worry about onset of rodents

By Kristin Longley | Flint Journal

FLINT, Michigan - His formal name is Rattus norvegicus, but here in Flint we know him intimately as the rat.

The greasy, gnawing rodent feeds at night, burrows beneath homes and garages and eats everything no matter how disgusting.

But its delicacy of choice? Fresh household trash.

The preferred diet of the rat - and other pesky vermin - has some residents worried that a city decision to collect trash every other week will cause an explosion of the local rodent population.

Rats are attracted to exposed garbage, which could become a serious health hazard if people store trash near their homes, said Genesee County Health Officer Mark Valacak.

Rats can carry several communicable diseases, can fit through an opening a half of an inch wide and are known to bite, he said.

"Just wait for the mice and things to come," said Flint resident Charlie Luster, 68. "People aren't going to want (trash) in their home, and they'll put it out on the side of the road."

Beginning Monday, residential trash pickup will be reduced to every other week, meaning household waste in most cases will be sitting around for an extra week before crews are able to collect it - and it will be up to residents to make sure it's properly stored.

Garbage needs to be kept in secure, covered containers - preferably ones strong enough to withstand tiny, sharp teeth, said Valacak.

Storing trash properly also will cut down on odors and deterioration of wet garbage, he said.

"I'm personally going to have to buy two more trash cans with secure lids," Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said. "We're going to have to do some new things in new ways."

Walling said the trash cuts will save the city about $20,000 a week and more than $1 million in the first full year. The city is trying to trim a projected $8 million deficit.

News reports show cash-strapped cities across the nation are considering similar cuts or privatization of trash collection to save money.

Still, residents can't help but picture a stinky summer with bags of trash rotting in the sun or fear for an increase in illegal dumping on Flint's hundreds of vacant lots...

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Rodent Control - Schools call in the exterminators for vermin 625 times

 

Published Date: 26 February 2010
By VICTORIA RAIMES PEST

Exterminators have been called out to schools in Edinburgh 625 times in the past year to deal with infestations including mice, ants and even squirrels.
Statistics reveal that the old Tynecastle High School was the most troublesome for pests - visited 44 times due to problems with ants, mice, wasps, rats and fleas.

Other badly affected schools include Dalry Primary School, which was forced to call out exterminators 13 times to get rid of mice, Holyrood High School, which called for help with ants 14 times, and Gracemount Primary, which had a recurring problem with squirrels.

Other problems listed included issues with wasps, pigeons, fleas, gulls, snails and cockroaches.

One Edinburgh company estimated that it would cost the city council £50 per call-out, bringing the total amount of money dedicated to ridding schools of vermin to approximately £31,250.

A city council spokesman said: "Hygiene standards in our schools are very high and where emerging problems are found we take swift action to have them removed before they get established."

Hermitage Park Primary School has suffered from a pigeon problem, forcing them to call pest control out three times. Granton Primary School has seen an issue with seagulls and fleas, and Prestonfield Primary School had to get rid of snails.

 

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