Ledge Light was contracted as the town’s health department on April 26 and also serves East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, Old Lyme, and Waterford. The town previously had its own sanitarian.According to Griggs & Browne, two very light winters have significantly increased the rodent population in the region because food sources were available and cold temperatures did not decrease rats’ survival.
“This has created a perfect storm for these animals,” Simmons said. “We will continue the canvass until we feel we have identified on the map the areas where the rats may be breeding and living, the areas where they’ve been sighted and areas where they may be finding sources of food.”Holmes said her group was almost halfway finished with the community survey.
“We’ve been pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, giving out notices, asking people if they’ve been having issues,” she said. “Those that are home, we’re asking permission to go onto their property to look for evidence of rats.”The Ledge Light group was also looking for evidence of other conditions that attract rats, such as bird feeders and water sources like bird baths.
Simmons also said that two properties in the area have chicken coops. One property was issued a citation for violating a 2013 ordinance that allows up to 10 chickens on a 20,000 square foot lot; the property comprises only 18,000 square feet and the owners have eight chickens.
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