Rats Invade Clintonville Neighborhood

A new study by the Columbus Public Health Department shows a widespread rat invasion in Clintonville.(Photo: public health.columbus.gov)
A new study by the Columbus Public Health Department shows a widespread rat invasion in Clintonville.(Photo: public health.columbus.gov)

Rats moving into Clintonville force residents to change some of their habits. A recent study by the Columbus Public Health Department shows a widespread rat invasion.

The Columbus Health Department recently studied the Clintonville area north of Ohio State’s campus. It found that a third of 885 properties showed signs of rat activity. Spokesman Jose Rodriguez explains what the health workers have seen.

“What we look for is for active rodent signs which include anything from burrows on the ground, fresh rat droppings. We’re looking for exposed rat hairs. We’re looking for food tracks, really anything that would show us the presence of rats on that property,” says Rodriguez.

Rodriguez says Clintonville residents are being advised to eliminate sources of food and water that could attract rats including composting piles, bird feeders and pet waste. He says the rats may have been living in the Olentangy or Scioto Rivers which are undergoing major overhauls.

Comments
  • Aliyah

    We are starting to see some of the effects of all of the organic practices and efforts we have been making in Clintonville for the last decade. All of the backyard composting, organic gardening, keeping of chicken, are beginning to show consequences in the form of horseflies, stink bugs, rats, bumblebees, other pests and insects.

  • colswestside

    Clintonville needs to import some coyotes…they are amazingly effective rat-catchers. Although, the residents would also have to be willing to let go of all their feral cats and always always always keep their dogs on a leash. It’s all about the food chain…:-)