ERIC Number: ED106056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
War on Rats, 1972 Progress Report.
District of Columbia Dept. of Environmental Services, Washington, DC.; District of Columbia Dept. of Economic Development, Washington, DC.
The City of Washington, D.C., with federal funding, declared war on one of the city's most pressing problems--rats. The War on Rats Program, in conjunction with Operation Clean Sweep, made a city-wide survey of rat infestations and recorded the areas of heavy rat infestation. After the problem areas had been identified, community organizations were asked for assistance in developing local support and motivating neighborhood residents to action. A massive public education program began. Using the Ratmobile, school assemblies, the Block program and posters, the public was informed of the various procedures and techniques that would help eliminate or reduce the neighborhood rat population. These included food source and harborage removal, solid waste collection, baiting activities, and the repair or removal of unsanitary buildings. This 1972 report also includes a program for developing environmental health assistants designed by the Washington Technical Institute. The report concludes with statistical tables and graphs dealing with such topics as financial reports, rat bait and bait boxes utilized, a comparative study of major deficiencies, field acivities, and rat control. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Dept. of Environmental Services, Washington, DC.; District of Columbia Dept. of Economic Development, Washington, DC.