BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After President Trump characterized Baltimore as “rat and rodent-infested”, the Baltimore’s Department of Public Works is clapping back.
The department said they typically conduct more than 100,000 “proactive inspections” each year. They added 60,000 proactive inspections as part of the HEAL campaign.READ MORE: Just Before CNN Town Hall, Hogan Calls Out Biden On Infrastructure Legislation
The Healthy Elimination of All Pests Long-Term campaign, or HEAL, works with multiple groups including BmoreHealthy to create safer living conditions, DPW officials tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
They explained that through the proactive inspections, they reduced the number of identified rat burrows in the areas targeted from 1,836 to 282 over the last two years.READ MORE: Maryland Zoo Wants To Bring Visitors Closer To Rhinos And Otters With New Guided Tours
That’s an 80 percent decrease.
“Proper disposal of bagged household trash into the green cans, and reporting illegal trash dumping to 311, is still the best way to control rats,” DPW tweeted.”MORE NEWS: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies
DPW also said these inspections drove down 311 calls for rat abatement by 38 percent over the past two years and claimed that other East Coast cities have seen increases.