Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
It's property tax time in California. One of the items listed on my just arrived tax bill is for rodent control. I don't mind paying this but when are they going to start controlling them?
Just the other evening, my husband and I were walking through the business area of El Cajon, on our way to a steak house when a rat ran right in front of us. Doesn't that just make you want to eat dinner? A few weeks ago there was a dead rat lying in the street in my neighborhood. These are just the ones I see. What about the ones I don’t see This seems to be a normal sight in El Cajon recently. I've chatted with my neighbors and only one or two will acknowledge that there is a problem. The thing is with mice and rats by the time you can see them it’s a bigger problem than you think. They procreate fast. I live in an extremely nice neighborhood. We all have very nice ranch style home on large lots, we are bound to have critters, raccoons, possums, rabbits, snakes coyotes and more. But now the rats are abundant, which brings more snakes and coyotes great. Most people here seem to think they don't have rats and just want to ignore it. But it is a problem.
Now, I know many people are going to say its El Cajon what do you expect, but I've seen rat bait traps in La Jolla too! Just the other day I was speaking with a pest control employee. He lived in Clairemont, and as we chatted about rats and traps he told me about his neighbors. How even though the rats run along the brick walls between the houses late at night, they don’t see them, so it’s not a problem.
There will always be rats. Cities are the greatest place for rats to breed. Lots of trash to munch on and lots of warm cubby holes for them to live and breed in. Rats have always managed to survive the coldest temps and biggest disasters, just look at New York City. Rats are true survivors and that’s disgusting. So, next time you are out at the mall, work or a restaurant look around the building and you’ll see rat bait traps, then think of your kids sitting at the school lunch tables or your hotdogs cooking on that bbq, yes, in your own yard. Yuk! Hurry, be proactive, call, your city rat control authority to see what you can do.