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Rodents Have Moved into Watertown - Have You Had Problems?

Sections of the East End have had problems with rodents this summer.

 

Pockets of rodent infestations have popped up in the East End of Watertown this summer, said Town Councilor Angeline Kounelis.

She has heard from residents in the area of Kondazian Street, Coolidge Hill Road and Crawford Street – a neighborhood near the Mount Auburn Cemetery. More recently she learned about infestations in the area of Bigelow Avenue, Elton Avenue, Melendy Avenue, Quimby Street, all streets coming off Nichols Avenue. 

Kounelis has brought the problem to the attention of Steven Moore, director of the Health Department. She said residents can take action to stop the problem from growing.

"There is a lot of development in the area disturbing the rodents," Kounelis said. "I hope residents work with us and make sure trash is in secure containers and dumpsters are closed."

Have you had problems with rodents in your neighborhood? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Vinnie Dummerino September 15, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Sonny is correct and it was just one of the problems with this new trash program i was and I am extremely concerned about as those tote barrels are outside in driveways all over east Watertown breeding flies and mosquitoes along with developing rodent problems as rats, skunks, racoons and teenagers are very smart and learn quickly. Before, most people kept their trash inside/under their porch where it was not accessible to all of these creatures but the trash toter are way to big for that and are kept outside in plain view 24/7 now a breeding ground for problems. All of these problems are only going to worsen and become much worse once winter comes and moving them with the ice and snow. A highly flawed change and program in multiple ways.
Linda Bennett September 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Yes, I have seen rodents in my neighborhood. I live on Ralph Piteri Terrace, and I've seen rodents running from one side of the street to the other side. I have seen rodents near the recycle bins outside of the apartment building where I live, and near the dumpster in the parking lot. I have reported the sightings to the apartment manager.
EastEndBro September 15, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Hmm...pave over a massive plot of land by the Cemetery and now there is suddenly a rodent problem in the east end. Coincidence?
Candy Copper September 16, 2012 at 02:16 PM
The digging of Nichols ave (and Elton Ave.) have brought in rats. They took too long to install the gas line. It reminds me of when the BF was being torn down and a million rats dispursed. I remember seeing one (a river rat), the size of a cat. I've seen them around and very close to my home. GET RID OF THEM!
Kim Clarke September 16, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I have lived on Fletcher Terrace close to the Square and have had rodents on and off for three out of the 3 1/2 years I have lived here -- more on than off. At one point they were coming out from under the microwave when one of us pushed the button and from the counter top (where we no longer prepare food) they would jump through a hole in the top of the stove. Maybe I've watched too many episodes of "Hoarders" but I have bad dreams about mice/rats a few times a month. In my dreams, when I enter a room and turn on a light, rats come out of the blinds, etc. All I know is that I lived in Norwood for eight years and Newton for eight years and never had this disgusting, filthy problem.
EastEndBro September 17, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Thats why East End prop values are a fraction of Cambridge/Newton and the parts of Watertown Politicians care about DON'T and WOULD NOT EVER have this problem (not the East End). We need to get a new rep!!!! This is outrageous. No other town that pays the taxes we pay would tolerate this. High rental rate and subsidized housing have led to this. Someone in "touch" with the East End please help us. RATS...REALLY...we have fn RATS...and Angie is pontificating how they got here....not eradicating them...PATHETIC.
EastEndBro September 17, 2012 at 04:04 AM
honestly...we're talking about RATS...this is acceptable to who?

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