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BOSTON – Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn and Lydia Edwards filed a hearing order at this week’s Council meeting to discuss issues relating to pest control and illegal dumping in the City of Boston. The hearing is intended to discuss measures that the city can take to respond to the recent uptick in rodent activities, as well as ways to curb illegal dumping in our city.

There have been increased reports of rodent infestations and activities during the past year in the city, as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this activity due to restaurants and other food sources for rats and rodents closing down. Unfortunately, this issue has persisted even while our economy continues to fully reopen. In discussing the issue of pest control, we should also talk about illegal dumping, as trash that is not properly disposed of can attract rodents and cause other public health issues, with frequent reports of illegal dumping in our neighborhoods. This hearing will discuss ways that the city can adequately handle these issues, including increasing enforcement, and more public awareness and outreach about proper ways of disposing trash and preventing rodent activities.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, many neighbors have contacted me regarding their concerns about pest control and the prevention of illegal dumping. With the noticeable increase in rodents over the last year, it’s important that we discuss measures for effective pest control and keeping our streets clean,” said Councilor Flynn. “These are important quality of life and public health issues for neighbors across District 2, and I look forward to further discussion at the hearing with Councilor Edwards, city and administration officials, neighbors and civic organizations.”

“I see it on a regular basis and have heard from my constituents we have a problem,” said Councilor Edwards. “As part of the budget process we pushed for a system that increases the requirement for rat abatement at construction sites and I will continue to work with my colleagues like Councilor Flynn and city agencies to address this important quality of life issue.”

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

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