Norway rats, the most common pest rodent in this area, are semi-aquatic by habit and are frequently found living in close association with man.

Helpful Tips

  • Homeowners, especially those living in close proximity to a drainage ditch or stream, are urged to keep yard areas neatly cut and trimmed.  
  • Pet owners are urged to give their pets only the amount of food that they will consume at a single feeding, and to clean up after their pets on a daily basis. 
  • Store garbage in 20-30 gallon cans with tight-fitting lids. 
  • Firewood should be stored at least six inches off the ground. 
  • Bird feeders will contribute to a rat infestation problem. 

 Report Rodents & Request an Inspection Visit

To report rodent harbor-ages please call Code Enforcement at (412) 343-4584.

Additional information on Rodent Control and Pesticide Hypersensitivity

Helpful Resource

  • Rat poison: This method of pest control can take several days to kill a rat, during which time, the rat can be consumed by other predator animals. The poison then harms those predators, including hawks, owls and foxes. Those very animals help keep the rodent population under control, so we have a vested interest in keeping the predators healthy.  Please consider using rat control products that are not poison, such as RatX Bait Discs.
  • Here are some other products and suggestions:
  • The Residents' Guide to Rodent Control booklet is designed to assist you in the control of rats and the environmental conditions that breed rats. This booklet is provided courtesy of the Allegheny County Health Department.
  • The Do's and Don'ts of Pest Control is provided by the EPA to teach you about the pests you have and options that are available to control specific pests.