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Current Trends Urban Rat Control -- United States, Second Quarter, Fiscal Year 1982

During the second quarter of fiscal year 1982, 44 urban rat control programs identified 825 environmentally improved blocks* (EIB) and achieved maintenance status in an additional 706 blocks (Table 5).**

Urban rat control programs provide a set of services--resident education, code enforcement, improved municipal services, neighborhood cleanup, and supplemental rat killing--designed to eliminate the environmental conditions that support rat infestations. During the quarter, these services are provided to over 2 million people living in almost 14,000 blocks.

Since 1969, urban rat control programs have served approximately 9.2 million people in over 61,000 blocks. As a result of program efforts, 7.9 million people now live in environmentally improved and rat-free neighborhoods. Reported by Environment Health Svcs Div, Center for Environmental Health, CDC. *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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