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Rodent Prevention

Rodent Control and Prevention Combat the Rat: Clean Up Seal Up

By working together, we can control and prevent rodent activity in the City of Medford. The Medford Health Department is soliciting the assistance and cooperation of all neighborhood residents and property owners to support the control and prevention of rodents by removing all conditions that support rodent activity, such as burrowing. Prevention is key to maintain the quality of neighborhoods!

Controlling the rodent population in the City of  Medford is of public health importance because rodents can be destructive pests that can contaminate food and preparation areas, cause structural damage, cause house fires through the chewing of electrical wires, and, most importantly, be carriers of diseases including:

  • Rat bite fever (Bacillus moniliformis)
  • Salmonellosis (S. typhimurium)
  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Plague (especially Bubonic)
  • Leptospirosis
  • Fungus causing ringworm

Watch the Medford Board of Health 10/10/2018 Public Education Meeting on Rodent Control here.