MidCity Residents Association

Rodent Abatement Program

MCRA began a neighborhood rodent abatement effort in 1999 to address the pest problem in a collective and more effective manner.  The program is financed entirely through donations.

Our goal is to manage and contain the urban rat population through education and coordinated pest management.  Factors that contribute to the rodent problem in our neighborhood include neighborhood density, construction, and improper waste management.  Our collective approach has made addressing our rodent issues more effective, but opportunities for improvement remain.

Donations by residents and businesses facilitate the purchase and monthly maintenance of bait stations placed strategically throughout the service area.  MCRA has a contract with a professional pest control company to manage the program.  The contract runs from October 1 through September 30 each year.

As donations have increased, we have continued to expand the program to encompass the north and south sides of the 1400 blocks of Q Street NW and Corcoran Street NW, as well as the adjoining blocks of 14th and 15th Streets NW.

In addition, we schedule 'walk arounds' with specialists from the D.C. Department of Public Health (DCPH), who inspect burrows throughout the neighborhood and arrange for special baiting.  We work in collaboration with DCPH and the pest control company to educate the community about pest management and assist neighbors with better approaches to waste management.

Our program is safe to humans and pets.

To make a donation or learn more about our Rodent Abatement program, please contact Al Collins.