FOX 11 Investigates: Brown County unveils plan to deal with rat problem
BROWN COUNTY (WLUK) -- FOX 11 Investigates has been telling you about the rat problem in Green Bay for months. Now, city and county leaders are focusing on potential solutions.
While the rat complaints were concentrated on the west-side of the city of Green Bay, Brown County is offering money for traps to a much wider area, in hopes of containing the problem.
Brown County supervisor Bernie Erickson says he’s still getting complaints about rats. He is pushing a plan to deal with the problem.
The county has set aside $5,000 to buy rat traps. Those funds will mostly be distributed by neighborhood associations in Green Bay.
Each of the 37 neighborhood associations in the city is eligible for $100 worth of rat traps. That works out to be about 40 traps for each group.
“What we want to do is get areas cleaned up. We want to find the bait stations, the little rat motels so to speak, and eliminate those problems,” Erickson said.
The county is also making $300 worth of traps available for the villages of Ashwaubenon and Pulaski.
A representative for the Village of Pulaski declined our request for an on-camera interview. On the phone, told FOX 11 Investigates the village does not have a rat problem. He says they only spoke with the county about the possibility of taking part in the program.
At this point, the village leaders in Pulaski say they are not sure whether they will purchase any traps.
Meanwhile, in Ashwaubenon, village president Mary Kardoskee also says the village doesn't have an issue with rats. But it still plans to purchase $100 worth of traps.
“We don't think we're going to need them but we will have them on hand just in case,” Kardoskee said.
When asked what she would say to concerned citizens since the village borders Green Bay, she replied, “Well, I would just say that we are being proactive with the traps.”
“Being proactive is a good thing,” Erickson said.
He added that in the last year, rats have moved into new areas in the city.
Erickson says the goal is to contain to problem before it gets worse.
“They are well, well out into the west-side of Green Bay, out past Military Avenue. So, it's not confined to the riverfront area or within a few blocks of that. Those pockets just keep moving and moving,” Erickson said.
When asked how confident he is that this will address the problem, he responded, “I'm hoping it makes a dent. Everybody has to get on board.”
The city of Green Bay is also attacking the rat problem by focusing on education. The city has set aside $12,500 to hire an additional, part-time inspector to deal specifically with the rat issue.