Ridgewood’s Rat Problem? - My9 New Jersey

Ridgewood’s Rat Problem?

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Ridgewood, New Jersey is the home of grassy lawns, affluent families, and good schools. However, recently there has been a couple of nasty trespassers, rats!

Adam Brown is a local resident who lives on Howard Road and he said that he’s encountered these unpleasant rodents.

"I'm going to meet my exterminator now! Just a few rats and we see them and they’re gross and they’re dirty and our kids come out and play and we don't want them, but that's what we have rat traps for," he said.

The Brown family has been coping with this issue, but according to Ridgewood Health Supervisor, Dawn Cetrulo, people can help get rid of this problem by removing things that rats like.

"Remove all standing water, remove any bird feeders, clean up after your dog, don't leave any dog food out , elevate any wood piles, and evaluate your property for any burrows. A burrow would be a big hole you would find underneath the ground," she said.

Cetrulo also mentioned that in down-town Ridgewood it is likely that rats hide in dumpsters near local restaurants.

John Sabin plays his saxophone on a corner in downtown Ridgewood and he said that there is no one to blame for the rat problem and that it's not that big of a deal.

"There's concern, but to call the press and the National Guard practically over it, I would have to say it's overreacting!" he said.

Inspector Cetrulo says she does get a couple of calls a year about rats. On the other hand, other inspectors in other towns get these same calls year after year.

 

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