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Baltimore’s New Trash Bins Help Combat Rat Problems

Since August 2016, about five months after the city started issuing the new bins to residents, the number of requests for rat extermination has dropped by nearly 34 percent.

Last year, the City of Baltimore provided residents with 64-gallon and 35-gallon trash bins in an effort to reduce rat problems. And according to residents, the bins are working.

Since August 2016, about five months after the city started issuing the new bins to residents, the number of requests for rat extermination has dropped by nearly 34 percent. But even though the new bins are helping to decrease the city’s rat problem, residents aren’t keen on the size or color of the new bins.

The Baltimore Sun has more:

Many Baltimore residents say fewer rats are scurrying around their neighborhoods and less litter is trashing streets and alleys.

From Highlandtown to Howard Park and Belair-Edison to Barre Circle, citizens credit enormous, city-provided trash cans with cutting down on the number of four-legged vermin and keeping loose household trash from reaching the Chesapeake Bay.

Officials say the 65-gallon behemoths (and their diminutive alternative, a 35-gallon receptacle available upon request) have reduced requests for rat extermination by nearly 34 percent since August.

Read the full story here.

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