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Milwaukee Animal Control – How City is Addressing Rats


Milwaukee has a rat problem and it seems to be getting out of control fast. As the rat population grows, the unhygienic status of the city heightens and so does the threat of illnesses such as leptospirosis impacting the human population. Buildings also stand to suffer as rodent deposits and action usually lead to deterioration of the structures. The city’s leaders have developed animal control strategies to rid Milwaukee of the rodents. Residents also have a role to play in evicting the rodents from the city’s buildings.

Budget Increase  for Rat Control


Undoubtedly, controlling Milwaukee’s rat problem will cost. One city has already started to make the investment.  Wauwatosa has churned out extra funding in a bid to get the rodent situation under control. Chances are, other cities will follow suit soon. Wauwatosa’s health department director, Laura  Conklin disclosed plans to include a special rat abatement project in the city’s 2019 budget at a special community affairs meeting that was held on May 5.

In addition, the city is planning to enforce regulations that aid in rat control and issue non -compliance orders to violators in a bid to ensure that all business owners and residential property owners and managers comply with the regulations. To ensure that all citizens know how they can help to fix the city’s rat problem, officials are planning to spread rat control information.

Other Measures


Other regions in Milwaukee are embarking on public education campaigns to share their approach to rat control and to encourage citizens to take action against rat intrusion. Municipalities such as West Allis, Brown County, and Green Bay are taking the fight to the intruding rodents. West Allis has engaged a full-time environmental health technician whose primary duty is rat control and education.

Despite the efforts of officials, rats will continue to be a problem as long as the city’s properties remain attractive to the rodents. Milwaukee citizens must play a role in keeping the region’s rat population under control by adjusting the condition of their surroundings to eliminate rat attractions and implementing measures to discourage rats from moving in. One very natural and safe way to keep rats away is to plant mint around the perimeter of a property. The rodents are turned off by the smell of mint and will be discouraged from passing.  To aid in the rat prevention strategy, property owners can eliminate standing piles of garbage especially those that remain in one location for extended periods. Property owners should also consider keeping cats as pets since they are natural predators of rats. In fact, some believe the sound and smell of a cat is sufficient to scare rats away.

How the Experts Can Help


Don’t wait until rats are inside your property to act. Get proactive with the services of experts like Skedaddle. Technicians from Skedaddle can help to prevent rodent invasion by inspecting your property to detect breach-able points through which the rodents can gain access. They can then get to work sealing and reinforcing the access points, effectively barring rodents and keeping your space rodent free in the long run. These include holes, cracks in walls, doors, and screens and uncovered vents, especially those that open to the outside of a building.

If you already have a rat intrusion situation on your hands, Skedaddle stands ready to help.  Expert Skedaddle animal control technicians are able to examine your Milwaukee premises to determine where the rats are hiding and how many of them are in the building. They then get to work using humane and safe methods to remove all rodents along with the evidence of their presence (nesting material and waste material). Cleaning is done to neutralize bacterial and viral threats and this is then followed by exclusion strategies.

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About the author:Marcus is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marcus combines the academic training (M.S. Wildlife Biology, UW Madison) with the field training and skills to be successful in resolving wildlife conflict for home and business owners.

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