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Urban Rat Control -- United States

During the first quarter of fiscal year 1982, urban rat-control programs in 56 communities achieved maintenance status* in 910 blocks and identified 1,231 environmentally improved blocks (EIB).** Program services were provided to almost 2.8 million people in over 19,000 blocks.

Since 1969, local programs have provided services benefiting almost 9 million people in approximately 61,000 blocks. Of these blocks, 17,896 remain in operational areas, but 43,046 have been removed from these areas and classified as EIB. As a result of program accomplishments, 7.7 million people now live in rat-free, environmentally improved neighborhoods. *Blocks that have limited environmental deficiencies and are essentially rat-free. **Blocks that have remained in maintenance for at least 1 year and no longer require intensive rat control efforts.

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