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Date: Feb 22, 2018

Plans to Expand Will Include Ten Additional Neighborhoods

Residents, inspectors and community leaders agree that the County’s multi-pronged rat eradication pilot program has succeeded in controlling rodent infestations in 13 communities targeted last year for intensive extermination and education efforts and an extra trash collection each week. Building on that success, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that the County plans to expand the program to include 10 additional neighborhoods beginning this July.

“People shouldn’t have to live among rats and the feedback we’re getting is overwhelmingly positive that our enhanced comprehensive approach is working well in these targeted areas,” said Kamenetz. “We are eager to move forward in these remaining communities and expect to have similar results.”

The initial pilot program began last summer in 13 neighborhoods including Hillendale, Holland Hills, Riverview, West Inverness, Berkshire, Colgate, Eastwood, Hawthorne, Bear Creek, Eastfield/Stanbrook, North Point Village, Charlesmont and Middlesex. These pilot areas received two, eight-week extermination treatments, increased pick-up and educational outreach on rat control tips. Additional trash collections and maintenance-level extermination efforts will continue in the initial pilot areas.

The expansion will include homes in ten new neighborhoods, including Loch Raven Village, Ridgeleigh and Knettishall in the central portion of the County; Edmondson Heights and West Edmondale on the west side; and the eastside neighborhoods of Saint Helena, Yorkway/Cornwall, Country Ridge, Ballard Gardens and Foxcroft.

Communities included in the initial and expanded pilot programs were selected based on an analysis by Code Enforcement officials in concert with discussions with County Council members and community leaders. 

“This is good government at work bringing effective solutions to communities and I enthusiastically support this planned expansion,” said County Council Chair Julian Jones. “Our residents came to us with a problem and we have responded with a positive solution.”

“I am delighted that communities in my district will be part of the County’s rat eradication program,” said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk. “It is very exciting to know that the pilot program is proving to be effective.”

“I am very pleased that we are adding additional neighborhoods in my district to the rat eradication program,” said 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins.  “As I move around my district, there is nothing more important to my constituents than their quality of life, and ridding communities of rat infestation is a critical component of that effort.”

Community Engagement is Key

“My neighbors and I in the Middlesex community are extremely pleased with the results and we appreciate the focused attention and follow-up maintenance we’ve received from the County,” said Clifford O’Connell, President of the Middlesex Community Association and leader of the Core Group, an umbrella group of some 15 to 20 community groups in the Essex, Middle River and Dundalk areas.

The rat eradication effort also involves Code Enforcement and Public Works representatives working with community groups to increase education and to sponsor community clean-ups in order to reduce trash and debris that can provide a food source and harborage for rats. The County’s Department of Public Works will provide dumpsters to communities to assist in this effort.

“I commend the communities in the pilot program for their partnership in helping us get the word out to people about what they can do to deter rats and prevent them from returning,” Kamenetz said. “It’s all about community participation and neighborhood pride.”

Revised September 11, 2017