City inspectors working with residents to combat Green Bay rat problem
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- New efforts are underway as city officials battle Green Bay's ongoing rat problem.
City crews spent Thursday inspecting homes, looking for signs of rats.
"So what we're doing is, we're going out and inspecting the exteriors of properties. We're checking for conditions that are conducive to rats," said Community Investment Manager Bill Pappe.
Keith Hendzel, who lives on Howard Street, says it's a nuisance he's all too familiar with.
"Last two years it's gotten worse. I used to feed the birds out here but then the rats took over," he said. "I used to put bread out for the birds, and then you could literally just see rats climbing up and eating the bread."
Pappe says keeping the rats away is going take a collaborative effort from the community.
"A lot of food sources, water sources that need to be addressed some exterior storage," said Pappe. "A lot of burrows, some deep, and attached to garages that need to get addressed and looked at."
He says the main goal of the inspections are to educate residents on the conditions that bring rats into the area.
"So we're trying to inspect those, identify where those concerns are, and then address those with the property owners and residents."
And Hendzel says he appreciates the city's effort.
"Yes, this is a very good idea," he said.
Pappe says the inspections will continue. If a property fails to meet city ordinances related to rats, he says the city will warn owners to follow the orders to fix the problem.
Free rat traps will be passed out at the Neville Museum on June 30 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.