Cities Turn to Dry Ice for Pest Control
With rat complaints at a new four year high in Washington D.C, the need for an alternative pest control method has never been more prevalent than it is now. As a close neighbor, Baltimore continues to battle issues with dangerous rat infestations throughout the city, so much so that these efforts are now demanding the attention of Mayor Catherine Pugh, who just recently enacted the Healthy Elimination of All Pests Long-term (HEAL) program to fight rat infestations in Baltimore public housing. Until recently, the most commonly used pest control methods for rats in the city included traps, repellents, and carefully placed poisons, however the latest successful method is an unsuspecting one: dry ice.
Dry Ice: DIY Rat Control
While other rat control solutions previously used in the city required the efforts of local public services, the dry ice method allows city residents to take matters into their own hands. Installation is easy, and the science is simple. The carbon dioxide emitted from the dry ice suffocates the rats in problem areas, particularly areas with loose trash or exposed food sources for rats to thrive on. In Baltimore, dry ice could easily become the next big sell for hardware stores and grocery stores alike, as it is cheaper than most rat solutions offered by pest control companies. Despite how easily it can be attained and used, it should be noted that dry ice must be handled with care and proper safety measures, such as protective clothing and gloves, to prevent burning during use.
EPA & Costs
Although the introduction of dry ice as a pest control method proves to be a highly effective means of tackling this issue, it is not without its own challenge of push-back from the EPA. Up against the original methods, dry ice stands as one of the most effective solutions when placed in burrows with high concentrations of rats near a food source. However, it should be noted that many of the testing cities for this method faced push-back from the EPA, as dry ice is not yet registered for that purpose. As it grows in popularity as a solution, dry ice could prove to be both an efficient and budget friendly solution to the issue of rats plaguing the city.
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