Are New Trash Cans Making a Difference in Baltimore’s War Against Rats?

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The rankings make Baltimore’s rat problems plain, but that isn’t stopping the city from adding to its ranks of tools for stopping the rodents. New trash cans were supposed to be the best solution this side of Rat Stat to winning the battle against rats. But it seems the rodents are still nibbling their way into our lives.

Looking into the effectiveness of the new trashcans one year after they were rolled out in alleyways around the city, Fox Baltimore talked to a Fells Point resident who is still finding holes in the new cans. On balance, the residents interviewed by the station seem to believe that the trashcans are helping, if incrementally.

But the reinforcements seem to be helping in other areas. Morale seems to be high. If anything, the trashcans seem to have ushered in a new approach. One resident interviewed sounded ready, saying, “You just have to face them head on now.”

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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  1. The rats, like cockroaches, will always win (even the two legged variety that keep stealing my delivered packages and don’t understand how to parallel park to leave room for others.) Perhaps the king rat (a holiday reference to the Russian ballet) will make Baltimore alleys great again…although they never were…kind of like coal!

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