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Rats in one Irondequoit neighborhood could be bigger problem if not addressed

There are signs of rats in one Irondequoit neighborhood. Complaints have been reported on Burwell Road, and it could turn into a bigger problem if not addressed. (WHAM photo)

Irondequoit, N.Y. (WHAM) - There are signs of rats in one Irondequoit neighborhood. Complaints have been reported on Burwell Road, and it could turn into a bigger problem if not addressed.

Katie Fose moved to Burwell Road less than a year ago, but an unwelcomed guest had already made itself at home.

“Pretty gross. Pretty nasty stuff," said Fose. "Not necessarily what you want when you have a dog and two young kids."

Fose said shortly after moving into her home, she noticed evidence of rats. She found droppings in a storage box in her yard, and has since been doing everything she can to keep the pests away.

“We keep our garage super clean, and go out periodically to make sure it is clean and we're not seeing any feces,” she said, “We called an exterminator to make sure the perimeter of our house was sound, so that nothing could get in."

Fose didn’t have any damage to her home but said her neighbor wasn't so lucky.

"She said there was a rat's nest in her car,” Fose said. “They had nested in the engine of her car that she drove her children around in."

Other neighbors whom 13WHAM spoke with, including Justin June, said they haven't seen any rodents on their street.

"No damage, no rats,” said June. “If there was, I probably wouldn't be here. But there's no rats, no problems or anything."

According to the Monroe County Health Department, the neighborhood is not infested with rats, but it could become a bigger issue if there's a food source.

"If you don't cover your garbage, and/or stop feeding birds, and/or stop feeding wildlife - which people like to do - you can and will have a rat problem," said John Ricci, the spokesman for the Monroe County Health Department.

According to the county, informational fliers on how to keep rats away will be mailed out to Burwell Road next week.

If you have a rodent complaint, or would like to request baiting service in your neighborhood, you can call the Monroe County Health Department at 585-753-5171.

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