August 18, 2005
Construction has started back at Augusta’s Southside Elementary School and one neighbor says because of that the rats are back. News 12 is on your side with a rat problem that won’t go away and what the school board plans to do about it.
Carey Phillips is putting out poison for rats who don’t care about a no trespassing sign.
“It’s been going on for a couple of months now. Oh, there’s a dead one right there, oh dear heavens, I’m sorry,” Phillips said.
As you can see, she’s terrified of the rodents. And now she’s starting to run into the rats on a regular basis.
“You can pull it back. I’m not going to look at him,” Phillips said. “Get him on camera, I want these people to see what I have to see.”
Carey says the rats are coming from just one street away.
Neighbors say the problem didn’t begin until construction started at Southside Elementary.
RCN Construction is doing the work. Sight Manager Phil Prince admits he’s seen a few rats.
“I noticed we would move material or blocks or something and one would be hiding under it and of course he would scurry off,” Prince said.
“By them digging it’s bringing them down here,” Phillips said.
Contractors say most likely the rats are running away from the vibrations from the drilling.
“We’re not bringing the rats, I think we’re just stirring them up,” Prince said.
The school’s neighbors complained last year when the construction first started, and got some relief.
“Last time they were notified they wouldn’t do anything about it until we called you,” Phillips said.
After the rat poison was put down, neighbors say they were back to square one a few months later. And they want the Board of Education to do something about it.
“This is a problem and it needs to be taken care of,” Phillips said.
The school board says they will take a look at the problem and see what they can do to alleviate the problem since neighbors feel the rats are coming from the construction area.
And if you have a pest problem of your own, 12 is on your side with ways to get rid of the rats. According to the University of Nebraska’s Agricultural Department, the most long-term and effective way to control a rat population is by sealing holes with metal or concrete. To get rid of your infestation immediately, there are a number of rodenticides and fumigants on the market that can kill off rats with just one dose. Click here for more information on rat and pest control.