Rat Extermination in Revere

The City of Revere will be tackling the rat problem in Revere through a multi-pronged approach. Read Mayor Arrigo’s op-ed on the City’s more aggressive plan in addressing the rat problem. The revised approach includes:

  • Increased information and awareness to the public about what attracts rats.
  • Increased funding for rat control in the next budget.
  • New trash program including large closable trash toters come fall.
  • Increased enforcement of trash and overgrowth regulations.
  • Early and aggressive extermination of burrows in known areas of rat concentrations between June 21 and July 15, 2018.


Extermination Plan

For the next few weeks. Four exterminators (B&B Pest Control, Catseye Pest Control, Eco Systems Pest Control Inc., and MD Waver Corporation) are fanning out across different neighborhoods to contact property owners and managers, and ask for them to sign a waiver allowing them access to the property, and ability to exterminate rats in their burrows.

Access a Waiver Form Here

This is a one-time only free program the city is offering property owners in neighborhoods with high rat concentrations, designed to reduce the rat population in Revere.

No one will enter or exterminate on a property, without a signed waiver from a property owner or manager.


How You Can Help

Your help in this program is critical. Here’s what you can do to help.

  • Only if you think you have a rat burrow on your property, and if you’re the owner or property manager, sign a waiver, email a completed waiver (scan or photo) to revere311@revere.org. You can also drop off your form at the front desk at City Hall, or hand a signed form over to an exterminator if there is one in your neighborhood.
  • If you think you have a rat burrow on your property, and you are a renter, contact your landlord directly and ask them to participate in this program. You can also send your landlord’s contact information to revere311@revere.org.
  • You can place gravel in a rat burrow, as rats will not dig in gravel.
  • Never leave trash uncovered outside. Whether in the bin by your house, or out on the street, trash should always be in a covered bin. Trash is how rats thrive.
  • Reduce any other debris around your property.
  • If your business or building has a dumpster, all trash should always be inside the dumpster, and the exterior should remain clean.
  • Keep your lawn and vegetation cut back as much as possible. Rats love to burrow in the tall weeds, and that overgrowth makes it much more difficult to spot burrows.
  • If you see any home or business not properly storing or maintaining trash, dumpsters, or yards, report that at revere.org/311, or download the Revere311 app, or dial 3-1-1, so we can send an inspector by.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the rat extermination program taking place?

This program takes place from June 21 through mid-July.

Q: How will I know if an exterminator has been by my property?

An exterminator will leave a note on your door with information about the company and a copy of the Waiver form to sign. They will knock on your door first in case they are able to reach you in person.

Q: How will I know if rat burrows have been found on my property?

You will be notified by an exterminator that activity was found on your property. If you haven't already signed a waiver, you will be asked to do so in order for extermination to go forward.

Q: If rat burrows are found on my property, how will I know what was used to kill them?

After a waiver is signed, exterminators will post notification. Lists of materials used will be recorded on the posting. EPA registrations and link to a material safety data sheet will also be recorded on the posting.

Q: Will I need to keep pets or children out of the area for a period of time after extermination? If so, for how long?

Children and pets will need to be out of area during time of treatment. The materials will be applied directly into burrows and than burrows will be closed in. Children and pets should be kept from digging in these areas. There are no restrictions on reentry times.

Q: Will rats be tracking any of these poisons around the neighborhood?

No, the materials will be placed underground into burrows and rats will not be relocating them.

Q: What follow-up happens after a burrow or nest has been exterminated?

Exterminators will be back within the next 2 or 3 days to confirm that there has been no additional activity at an exterminated burrow. Any dead rats found at this time will be removed.

Q: What should I do if I see a live rat after extermination?

Use the Revere311 app, revere.org/311, or call 3-1-1 to provide a report.

Q: What should I do if I see a dead rat after extermination?

Use the Revere311 app, www.revere.org/311, or call 3-1-1 to provide a report. You can also dispose of them in your trash.

Q: What number should I call if I have additional questions?

Call 3-1-1 (781-286-8311).

Q: Can I get a bait box?

The City’s Health Department does offer a one-time inspection and baiting of properties, separate from this program. If additional baiting will be necessary, that will be the responsibility of the property owner.

Q: What do I do if I see rats in my neighbor’s yard?

Use the Revere311 app, www.revere.org/311, or call 3-1-1 to provide a report.

Q: I see trash bags on the street. What can I do?

Use the Revere311 app, www.revere.org/311, or call 3-1-1 to provide a report.

Q: What are the laws about putting out trash that are related to rat issues?

Trash bags may not be placed on the ground, with the exception of the rat-retrictive MintX bags.

Q: What are the laws about maintaining yards that are related to rat issues?

Yards are required to be kept in good condition. Overgrown lawns, yards and vegetation areas are subject to possible citation from Revere Health Inspectors.

Q: What do I do if I see a rat on public property?

Use the Revere311 app, www.revere.org/311, or call 3-1-1 to provide a report.

Q: What are the next steps after this extermination program?

Over the summer you will see increased educational information, enhanced enforcement efforts, and the beginnings of the plan for the new trash program.

Q: What can residents do to help?

Use the Revere311 app, www.revere.org/311, or call 3-1-1 to provide any reports of activity that you see that may be connected to rats.

Q: Can I sign a waiver if I’m a renter?

You cannot. However, if you know you have rat burrows on your property, you can contact your landlord and send them a copy of the waiver form. You can also send the contact information of your landlord to Revere311@revere.org.

Q: Who is the rat exterminator in my neighborhood?

The City has hired four companies. If they haven't left a notice on your door, reach out to 3-1-1 to find out if one has been assigned to your neighborhood. The four are:


Was your question not listed here? If not, you can use the Revere311 app, www.revere.org/311, or call 3-1-1 (781-286-8311) if you additional questions.


Last updated 6/27/18