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Of Rats and Men

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According to, rats cause an estimated $19 billion of damage in the US every year. On top of that, they can carry a scary number of seriously dangerous diseases. The article asserts that, “Improper trash disposal, not maintaining our infrastructure, and not taking preventive measures are just a few ways that we allow these rodents to overrun our cities.”

I know a lot of you are on the front lines in this infestation war and have seen your fair share of the horrors therein. I am not here to criticize, but rather to encourage and admire your strength and struggles in past, current, and future battles. I’m also hoping this will shed more light on the important work being done by the waste industry.

Managing municipal solid waste is more than landfilling: publicity, education, engineering, long-term planning, and landfill gas waste-to-energy are specialties needed in today’s complex environment. We’ve created a handy infographic featuring 6 tips to improve landfill management and achieve excellence in operations. 6 Tips for Excellence in Landfill Operations. Download it now!  

Watch the video. Join forces and support the men and women who are tirelessly keeping this enemy at bay. GX_bug_web

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  1. Thank you for the interesting story. Rats can raise havoc with garbage trucks. They gnaw on the wiring, nest under the dashboard, and behind the seats. They are most prevalent when the trucks park at the landfill or the transfer station, but they can colonize anywhere garbage trucks park. the pesky critters have a steady source of food. Once they get a foothold in the fleet, they are almost impossible to exterminate.

  2. I’m learning that rodenticide is turning up in streams, birds, deer, chipmunks and even cougar, fox, and other wildlife. Causes mange and sometimes death. An article on successful alternatives to rat problems would be welcome!

  3. The Province of Alberta lays claim to being rat free for over 50 years. Rats are not native to north america and were brought on ships to the east coast in the 1700’s. They spread across NA as. Farms and people moved west. Rats entered saskatchewN in the 1920’s. Rats appeared at the Alberta border in about 1950.. The Province introduced a rat control program and halted their advance into Alberta. The program remains in place today and has kept Alberta virtually rat free ever since. Google History of Rat Control in Alberta for more detail.

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