CHICAGO (CBS) — With complaints about rodents on the rise, city crews are stepping up efforts to target rats.
The Department of Streets and Sanitation has added 10 new crews to its Bureau of Rodent Control. There are now 28 such teams, more than double the number of teams at the start of 2015, thanks also to five crews added earlier under the mayor’s 2016 budget plan.
“You’re never going to eradicate rodents completely. They’re going to be here. What we want to do is control that population,” Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams said.
Complaints about rats are up by two-thirds during the first three months of the year, compared to the same period of last year.
“Whenever you have a mild winter, they’re somewhat busy; coupled with increased construction sites can exacerbate the problem,” he said.