Wyandotte seeks to eliminate rat problem

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – City officials shelled out another $40,192 Monday in an effort to control the rat population when they extended Advantage Pest Control’s contract for another year.

There were 194 rat complaints from residents in 2015. At a city council meeting Monday, Councilman Daniel Galeski said the rat population should be under control with the citywide use of garbage lids and pest control.
“That’s a lot of money, it’s over $850 a week,” Galeski said.

Balking at the cost, he asked if the city had other bids, only to learn the next lowest bid was $1 million. Galeski and Councilman Ted Miciura, however, voted against renewing the contract.

“I don’t believe the rat population is under control,” Mayor Joseph Peterson said. “I think we have a long way to go to get this under control.”

City engineer Mark Kowalewski said the pest control employees put traps in every alley along with maintaining the bait in the traps.

“The weather started breaking today, so here we go,” Councilwoman Sheri Sutherby-Fricke said.

(Tereasa Nims can be reached at dstreporter@gmail.com.)