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After convening rat summit, DCR confident of reining in Castle Island pests

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 13, 2012 04:52 PM

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The Department of Conservation and Recreation believes it can curtail the rat problem on Castle Island in South Boston, a spokeswoman for the department said Tuesday afternoon.

Officials with DCR, the Massachusetts Port Authority, and the city of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department, met at the waterside tourist destination Tuesday morning to look at ways to tackle the problem that has sparked a flurry of news reports and calls from concerned citizens.

“The goal of the meeting was to look at ways to mitigate the ongoing rodent issue at Castle Island,” S.J. Port, a spokeswoman for DCR, which administers the park, said in a phone interview.

The meeting, which included pest-control specialists from the city, reviewed the current systems DCR has in place at the 22-acre site, from Dumpsters to traps.

Some changes include the plugging of the Dumpster drain holes, which allowed the rodents easy entry into the trash receptacles, and the rescheduling of trash collection, so that the amount of garbage left overnight is minimal, Port said.

The department will also review the possibility of installing trash compactors similar to those found on Boston’s streets.

Port also said the department will be stepping up trapping at the park, distributing traps across the entire site. Currently, DCR only has traps set up in certain targeted areas in the park.

“We want to do a full sweep and cover all our bases,” Port said.

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