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Hamburg goes door to door to fight rats

The fight against rodents in the Village of Hamburg is going to the front doors.

Students in Hamburg Central High School’s Finance Academy are delivering door hangers with information on how to deter rats, which have started infesting some village neighborhoods. The students are starting today.

About 4,000 door hangers with tips on how to “Fight Rats One Yard at a Time,” will be dropped off at village homes. Village Board members said last month that rats had become a problem, particularly east of Buffalo Street

The Erie County Health Department has baited some yards, and met with village officials to come up with ways to combat the rodents.

One of the steps is to increase public awareness on the problem and its solutions: keeping yards clean of pet droppings, using rat-proof bird feeders and storing garbage in cans with tight fitting lids.

“Hopefully, eventually, we’ll be able to get some totes,” Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. said Monday night.

He said the village has worked with some residents, suggesting how they can store their garbage to cut off a food source for the rodents.

“The calls have started to go down,” Village Administrator Donald Witkowski said, adding it’s not known if that is because residents have started taking more precautions.

Village officials said anyone with an issue with rats on his or her property should contact the Erie County Health Department at 961-6800.