What is the city doing to get rid of the rats?
The city is limited in what we can do. There are several reasons for this:
Expertise - The State of Texas requires anyone (other than private homeowners on their own property) to have an exterminators license. The city does not have staff with that license.

Private Property - The city cannot enter private property to exterminate. We would have to have permission from each property owner. Placing baits or traps on right of way would only cause the rodents to move to private property.

Risks - Setting traps or placing poisons could pose a risk for pets or children.

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1. Why am I seeing an increase in the number of rats in my neighborhood?
2. What is the city doing to get rid of the rats?
3. Does that mean the city isn't going to do anything?
4. What does the city do on its own property?
5. How do residents address the problem?