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Current Trends Urban Rat Control -- United States

During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 1981, urban rat-control programs in 58 communities provided services to 21,000 city blocks containing 3 million people. As a result of these services--which include resident education, code enforcement, improved municipal services, neighborhood cleanup, and supplemental rat killing--programs identified over 2,000 additional environmentally improved blocks (EIB). Blocks are placed in EIB category after having been certified as being rat free for 12 months or more, at which time local resources alone are used to sustain improvements. During fiscal year 1981 programs designated 5,700 EIB.

Since the inception of the Urban Rat Control Program in 1969, local programs have served over 9 million people living in 61,000 blocks, of which almost 42,000 are now classified as EIB. Reported by Environmental Health Svcs Div, Center for Environmental Health, CDC.

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