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Rats continue to pester Marystown residents

Town of Marystown
Town of Marystown

Rodent problem persists, despite dozens of bait stations spread around town

MARYSTOWN, NL – A thriving rodent population continues to be a problem throughout Marystown, according to Coun. Nora Tremblett.

“Like everywhere you go, you turn around, somebody is talking to you about it,” Tremblett, chair of the protection to persons and property committee, said during her report Tuesday.

Tremblett said she heard several complaints again this week.

“It’s all different areas. It’s not just pertaining to one particular area in the town,” she said.

“I think a lot of this is probably neighbouring properties that are being run down or things are not being looked after, whatever the case may be.”

Marystown has a pest control contract with Orkin Canada. Planning and development control director Alje Mitchell said the company provides a monthly report of the activity recorded on all 60 of the bait stations scattered around town.

“From what I’ve seen, there’s a fair amount of activity on all of them, and if there’s not so much activity in one area, we move to some other area where we’re having a concentrated amount of it,” he said.

“That’s how we’re trying to deal with it from the town’s perspective.”

Mitchell said he can understand it’s a difficult problem for residents who see rodents on their property even though they may not be the root cause.

“I guess it’s everybody’s responsibility to have a good look around their own property to see how they can help out with the whole situation,” he said.

The town is doing what it can to resolve the issue, Mitchell said.

“We have been constantly moving (the bait stations) around, trying to accommodate people, and we will continue to do that as long as the contract is in place, that’s for sure,” he said.

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

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