Preventing Rat Infestation is a Community Effort
Rats are an unpleasant nuisance that affect all urban areas. Inviting living conditions in cities allow rats to thrive. Like all animals, rats need food, water and shelter. The more resources rats have, the more likely they are to have bigger and more frequent litters. A common misconception is that only vacant properties attract rats; in actuality, well-maintained properties are the ones that offer the food, water and shelter rats seek.
A rat sighting is rarely an isolated incident. If you see a rat, there are likely more in the area. Rat prevention efforts are most successful when they are implemented community-wide.
Rat sightings can be reported online at Let Us Help. When contacting the Health Department regarding a rat sighting, the following is needed to conduct an effective investigation:
- Your name.
- Your phone number.
- Your address
- Address of the sighting.
Environmentalists may then conduct investigations to identify potential sources of rats in the area. Please note, however, that the West Allis Health Department's Environmentalists cannot enter private property without the homeowner's permission to investigate for rats, and cannot provide extermination services. If rats or their burrows are sighted on the property, the property owner will receive a letter requesting action be taken to deter rats from the premises. If action is not taken, the property owner will be required to hire a pest control professional at his/her expense.
Many residents resort to the internet to look up possible tactics to get rid of rats. However, only trust information from sources and websites ending in ".gov" or ".edu". While prevention is the best defense, professional pest control experts are recommended if rats are spotted inside your house or if recommended abatement efforts fail.