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Columbus Public Health Completes Rat Study In Clintonville

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Columbus Public Health has completed a rat study in Clintonville.

For several weeks during the summer months, Clintonville community members complained of rat sightings, even during the day.

On Wednesday, CPH officials released details outlining the results of the study.

Jose Rodriguez with CPH tells NBC4 they looked at more than 800 properties and found 34 percent had some sign of rat activity.

Now, officials and community members are searching for solutions.

CPH tells NBC4 the key is cutting off food, water, and shelter from the rats.

"We figured lets not wait, start the educating process, going door to door, showing what may be contributing," Jose Rodriguez of Columbus public health said.

Neighbors, like Mary Boyd, say they have seen too many rats in their enclosed compost pile.

"The rats dig underneath, so even with enclosed bin we have problems," Boyd said.

In the proposed city budget, two positions are in place to work directly on the rat issue.

"It was critical, we know that rodents, rats are a quality of life issue," Rodriguez said.

The health department will continue to work with communities are cutting off supplies and hopefully driving rats out.

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