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Columbus Public Health Continues Rat Survey

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Public Health took another step in its fight against Clintonville's rat population.

The department just finished its 10-week study to determine the source of the rodents.

Health authorities reported that 70 percent of surveyed properties had a rat infestation while 34 percent had some evidence or rodent or rat activity.

CPH's Jose Rodriguez said the best way to tackle the problem is to first eliminate the food source, then the shelter, then the water.

Maxine Rankin has already putting the advice into practice.

"We had an abundance of bird feeders and we love the birds, but we took all those down," she said. "We stopped feeding them."

CPH's next step is to assess properties one neighborhood at a time. Residents will be asked to clean up any signs of food that the department finds.
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