Homeowner Tips for Rodent Control

The Village on occasion receives complaints about rats in the community.  While the Village does NOT have a formal “rat program,” it can offer a few tips for homeowners to prevent the problem from arising in their neighborhoods:

  • Make sure to properly dispose garbage and secure garbage can lids;
  • Don’t let standing water accumulate (e.g., in a bucket);
  • Pick up pet waste promptly;
  • Store firewood per code; and
  • Cut grass and trim weeds.

On the last two points, while not having a rat program, the Village has a formal property maintenance program.  Cutting grass and trimming weeds not only gets you in compliance with the property maintenance code, it also makes your yard less friendly as a rat habitat.