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Rat Population Addressed in North Columbus Neighborhoods

COLUMBUS (Andrew Michael/Kate Liebers) -- Columbus Public Health reminded certain North and East Columbus neighborhoods how to keep rats at bay.

As part of a four-week study to gauge the rat population Clintonville and Beechwold, CPH sent informational postcards to many residents in these areas.

Columbus does not have a rodent-control program, and the city encouraged home owners to take preventative measures.

The "Getting Rid of Rats" mailing included tips such as keeping garbage secure, covering or sealing openings into the home, and cleaning up the yard.

While several homeowners interviewed were unaware of any rat infestation, Beechwold Hardware Store owner Malcom Moore said sales in rat control items have increased over the past four years.

Moore said that most of the neighborhoods have started taking action, from cleaning up bird seed spillover to shutting off drains. 

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