BOSTON – City Councilors Ed Flynn, Liz Breadon and Gabriela Coletta will hold a hearing to discuss pest control in the City of Boston on Tuesday, April 11th at 10 a.m. at the Boston City Council Iannella Chamber. This hearing will be combined with another docket to discuss trash contracts and procedures in the City of Boston, which is sponsored by Councilors Kenzie Bok, Ruthzee Louijeune, and Michael Flaherty. Residents are encouraged to participate and testify in person or via videoconference by reaching out to [email protected]. The hearing will be broadcasted live on Xfinity 8/RCN 82/ Fios 964 and streamed at:

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an uptick of rodent activity reported across many neighborhoods in the City, causing heightened concerns over public health and quality of life. In the past few years, Council President Flynn has partnered with a number of Councilors to hold at least one hearing per year to discuss the measures the City of Boston has in place to reduce rodent populations. This hearing will serve as part of an ongoing series of annual check-ins with the Public Works Department to see how far the City is progressing on curbing rodent populations, and whether current measures are effective.

“Pest Control is an important quality of life issue for many residents across the City. I have worked on this issue for a number of years now and have heard from various residents, city officials and experts about different strategies to combat rodents.” said Council President Flynn. “I look forward to holding this hearing with Councilors Breadon and Coletta and having the Public Works team report on their latest findings and results. It is important to discuss what is working or not in our neighborhoods, and whether we can adopt new approaches.” 

“As we enjoy the warmer weather we will once again see an exponential increase in rodent activity in District 9. We must continue to educate residents, hold absentee landlords accountable and implement proven strategies to address this health hazard and improve the quality of life for Bostonians.” said Councilor Liz Breadon.

“The infestation of rats in our city is a perennial issue that has worsened since the onset of the pandemic. My office has the constituent services data to support that this is an urgent issue our city needs to address to protect from the health hazards pests present” said Councilor Coletta. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to significantly reduce rats in the City of Boston through major investments in Pest Control.”

For more information, please contact Council President Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203 and [email protected].

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  1. John Provenzano April 7, 2023 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I’ll be at that meeting we need more people to attend I will set it up with eddie

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