We take pride in the special qualities that make our city such a great place to live and work in. Quaint residential neighborhoods co-exist with our urban centers in a seamless patchwork that blends comfort with efficiency in so many ways. Why then are we saddled with the seemingly never-ending problem of rodent infestation?
Recent studies conducted by officials and the agencies charged with tackling the problem have primarily pointed to the difficult to deal with issue of apathy on the part of landowners and their tenants when it comes to joining in the battle.
Improperly stored and disposed-of refuse is repeatedly cited as being a major contributor to the problem. Officials are proposing serious crackdowns on those who need to get with the program. It is difficult to argue against such action in light of the fact that rodent populations have reportedly risen by 50 percent in the first half of 2012. That is a startling statistic, once taken in completely. What will Somerville’s streets be like in the future if this trend continues? One shudders at the prospect.
We ask all Somerville property owners and their tenants to do everything they can to make this rodent eradication program a success. Your neighbors will thank you – and your property values won’t be harmed one little bit either.
We have much to celebrate about our fabulous city. Let us not allow this particular problem to drag us down. We deserve much better than that.