The Nuisance Abatement Program investigates conditions such as trash, rodents, abandoned pools, and unsanitary conditions at residential property in unincorporated areas of Montgomery County. Public health nuisance conditions are resolved through a process of public education and code enforcement.

Helpful Tips

  • Have bulky waste (furniture, major appliances, salvage materials, etc.) picked up promptly to prevent accumulation.
  • Clean up animal droppings from kennels, dog runs or yards frequently.
  • Stack firewood 12 inches above ground to prevent nesting by rats.
  • Maintain swimming pools in a sanitary condition and in good repair to prevent mosquito breeding; secure pools against unauthorized access.


What attracts rats to my neighborhood?

Rats need a food supply and some form of shelter. They can adapt to many different foods and nesting sites.

What foods will attract rats?

Rats will feed on garbage, pet food or birdseed left out, fruits or berries on the ground, even dog droppings.

Where do rats live outside?

Rats will harbor under wood or lumber piles, under rocks, in over-grown brush, abandoned cars or furniture, and in holes in buildings.

How can I get rid of rats in my neighborhood?

  • Remove the food sources: Keep all garbage in tight containers, pick up dog droppings, don’t leave pet food outside, compost only plant material and only in rodent-proof compost containers. Use approved bird feeders rather than scattering bread crumbs or bird seed on the ground.
  • Remove the nesting sites: Remove brush, debris, and abandoned cars or furniture, seal holes in walls and foundations, and stack lumber or firewood 12 inches above ground.
  • Trap or bait to reduce rat population: Use commercial baits or traps only as directed or, hire a professional exterminator. (Some cities also do rat baiting as a city service.)

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