Boston suburbs deal with booming rat populations

BOSTON (AP) — Suburban Boston communities are dealing with a surge in rat infestations.

The Boston Globe reports that towns like Belmont and Peabody have focused efforts on eradicating growing rat populations. The Waltham City Council recently approved $15,000 to manage rodent issues after reports of dozens of rats playing in puddles.

Experts say an increase in trash could explain growing rat populations in suburban areas. Others cite climate change. Scientists say warmer winters allow rats to reproduce more frequently.

Peabody officials have created a half-hour public access program that teaches residents how to prevent rat infestations. Belmont created a "carry in, carry out" policy for trash at its parks. Newton has launched a website dedicated exclusively to rats.

Other towns and small cities have increased trash pickups and trash container inspections.

 

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