“Residents can now report rats in any national park to request treatment by calling the Citywide Call Center at 311.”


From the National Parks Service:

“The National Park Service (NPS) today announced a partnership with the D.C. Department of Health (DOH) to better control the rodent populations in national parks in the District. Under the agreement, which takes effect on October 1, 2016, DOH staff will inspect and treat national parks throughout the city. Residents can now report rats in any national park to request treatment by calling the Citywide Call Center at 311.

The NPS and DOH partnership will increase the frequency with which rats are treated in parks and improve the citywide coordination to control the rodent population. Additionally, DOH will also provide recommendations for making the parks less habitable for rats.

“The National Park Service is committed to ensuring safe, positive experiences for visitors in all of our parks, and this agreement with the D.C. Department of Health provides us better tools to control the rodent population,” said Robert Vogel, National Capital Regional Director for the National Park Service. “By simplifying the reporting process and decreasing the response time for treatment of affected areas, we are working together toward a rat-free D.C.”

“We are extremely excited to partner with the National Park Service and maximize our opportunity to protect the public health and safety of the District’s residents and visitors by reducing rodent activity through proactive surveys, inspections, baiting and enforcement,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director, DOH. “This adds to our citywide ‘Rat Riddance’ efforts that work to minimize the city’s overall rat population.”

Residents can play an important role in the fight. Ways that residents can help include:

●Placing all trash and food waste in trash cans

●Reporting sightings of rats or possible rat burrows to 311

●Cleaning up after pets and making sure waste is disposed of in a trash can

●Keeping your dog on a leash

For more information on reducing the rodent population in the District, please visit http://doh.dc.gov/service/rodent-control or email rat.riddance AT dc DOT gov.”

18 Comment

  • It like they were reading the comments to this weeks Greater Greater Washington post about Franklin Park.

  • While it’s likely that DC 311 and the NPS had been discussing this partnership for a while, the announcement coming the same week as the Yelp review for the “Dupont Circle Rat Sanctuary” was mentioned in the Washington Post kicks the humor up a notch.

  • accendo

    Good luck with getting service. I submitted a 311 request for rat abatement on a street in the squangle a couple months ago and it was closed with the reason that there was nowhere to park, as if that has ever stopped a city vehicle before. I cannot with the incompetence sometimes.

  • justinbc

    Anyone have a good rat remover referral for residences? We had one recently and Russ Pest was the ABSOLUTE WORST.

    • I only used for mice, but had a great experience with AR1

    • For what it’s worth… I believe the Rat Abatement Team can treat burrows in your yard (for free!) if you authorize them to do so.
      (Or is this indoors and/or at one of your rental properties?)

    • saf

      American Pest Control of Montgomery County.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Have not had rats specifically, but Ward Pest Control has served me well in the past for both mice and roaches. In addition to their performance when I had obvious problems, I was also pleased with their honesty in declining to take my money when I called them for a problem that existed only in my mind. When I bought my house, which had been actively trashed by its previous owner (foreclosure), it was full of mouse poop. Not knowing how to tell whether there was a current infestation and fearing the worst, I called Ward Pest Control and asked them to treat for mice. They came out, looked around, determined that there was no active mouse activity, and declined to take my money. They were right – no mouse sightings since.

      • HaileUnlikely

        p.s. I realize that sounded self-contradictory. The previous mouse and roach issues they treated successfully were at a place I used to rent, not my current home.

  • Leave the rats alone! They are cute as hell

  • I’ve found the rat abatement team pretty responsive and effective for yard burrows. I don’t know how this will work with NPS. Meridian Hill Park is overrun with rats, and I’ve talked with NPS maintenance people there who were aware of the issue, but couldn’t really tell me who to contact for action.

  • Dumb question….how does keeping your dog on a leash help to control rats?

    • My guess is they want to make sure dogs don’t get into any poison or traps, but I don’t see where they say that in any of the links.

    • Was wondering the same thing.

    • I was looking in the links to see if they offered any further information — my initial assumption was that if you let your dog off-leash, you might not see it pooping and therefore wouldn’t know to pick up the poop. (Apparently rats LOOOOVE dog poop.) But it seems like that would be covered under the bullet point “Cleaning up after pets and making sure waste is disposed of in a trash can.”