Like so many other cities throughout the world, Chicago was once infested with rats. Unlike many other cities, Chicago reacted by mounting a systematic attack on the rat problems thanks to a very aggressive rodent control program.
Chicago's Bureau of Rodent Control investigates every reported rat sighting. Alley conditions are investigated and damaged carts are replaced. Rodenticide is placed in rat burrows to eradicate the nest.
The Department of Streets & Sanitation need the cooperation of residents to keep alleys rat free. You can help by making sure your trash is properly contained. Exposed garbage is the primary reason rodents proliferate. When garbage carts are securely closed, rats will eat the rodenticide and die.
Working together, we can continue to eliminate these urban pests.
Remember if rats can't feed, they can't breed!
If you see a rat or notice conditions that may contribute to rodent activity, call the City at 311 or click on the button below to submit an online request for rodent baiting.