Released on August 2, 2017 - 9:54am

The City of Laurel has received some calls and messages about pest issues in various areas around the city. Mayor Craig A. Moe is urging residents to take steps now to get this pesky problem under control.

Here are some ideas on how to prevent and eradicate everything from mosquitoes to rodents and wildlife in your neighborhood:

  • Keep any food stored outside in galvanized metal, preferably air tight containers.
  • Pick up any garbage in your yard and place it in tightly covered metal containers. Dispose of any leftover pet food after your pet has finished eating and be sure clean up your pet’s fecal matter as soon as possible.
  • Repair any leaking water and sewer pipes and remove any source of standing water on your property. This will help to eliminate sources of water needed by pests to survive.
  • Clean up any garbage or debris in your yard and fix any openings in foundations, walls, basements and windows, so pests will not have a way into your home to seek shelter.
  • If any type of pest gets into your home, you can use any of the following types of traps to eradicate them: snap trap, glue trap or live, humane traps. Be aware that pests are often shy of new objects; if you use traps, be sure to place them around your property unset and this will help get the pests used to seeing them there and alleviate their reluctance to approach the traps. If you use the live and humane method, be sure to release them to an area far away from residential populations.

With any of the above methods, please DO NOT touch the pests or their droppings with your bare hands as they can carry diseases.

If you have any questions, please contact the Animal Control Officer at 301-498-0092. To report property standards violations, i.e. trash and debris, on private property, contact the Office of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services at 301-725-5300, extension 2238.

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