Alderman wants to expand Evanston's campaign against rats
Summertime, and it seems the living is easy -- for rats -- especially around condo buildings in Evanston.
One Evanston alderman says the city needs to update its rat control ordinance to deal with the problem.
Aldeman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, said at last week's City Council meeting that she wants the Administration and Public Works committee to look into the issue.
She says that the city will now inspect properites in single-family neighborhoods and then pay for an exterminator to put out bait to poison rats, but it doesn't provide that service for condominiums.
"We need to attack the problem in a comprehensive way," said Wynne, who's lakefront ward includes many condominium units.
Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, suggested residents could do more to cure the rat problem themselves.
"A little bit of effort -- bagging trash and securing it in carts -- would do a lot to improve the situation," Wilson said.
Residents can report rat problems by calling 311 or using SeeClickFix.