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Rat Crackdown Succeeding in Mission Bay Park

A crackdown on rats in Mission Bay Park appears to be working. San Diego County health officials began attacking an infestation over the summer. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Rat Crackdown Succeeding in Mission Bay Park

A crackdown on rats in Mission Bay Park appears to be working. San Diego County health officials began attacking an infestation over the summer. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Vector-control experts conducted the first large-scale "rat survey." Turns out the rodents were gorging on trash and picnic scraps at the park. The Union-Tribune reports an exterminator put rat poison in the most infested areas. The city is also cleaning up dead palm fronds — that's like free housing for rats. The newspaper reports that program has cost about $4,000.

County health experts say education is the first defense against rats. That's why the county offers a " rat control self-help video " on its Web site.

Health experts say you can request a free inspection, if you smell a rat.

Andrew Phelps, KPBS News.

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