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Rat bait being set in Garden City neighborhood

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Municipal and county officials are taking a two-pronged approach to a rat problem in the Garden City neighborhood.

While the Monroeville animal-control officer lays bait on public property, such as sewage lines and catch basins, an Allegheny County official is evaluating and isolating a few properties for “corrective action and eradication of the rodents,” Monroeville manager Lynette McKinney said earlier this week.

Earlier this month, county health inspectors found evidence of the rodents' nighttime travels outside of 14 homes in Garden City.

Municipal and county officials sent letters to homeowners about the contributing factors and property-maintenance issues that might lead to infestation, McKinney said.

If residents kill rats on their own, Monroeville Animal Control will remove the rats from the property, she said.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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