Brown County Supervisor: 700 free rat traps still available to public

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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -- It’s been about two weeks since Brown County purchased and gave away free rat traps to people dealing with the rats in their neighborhoods.

“Well it didn't go away overnight even though we put out a lot of traps,” said Brown County Supervisor Bernie Erickson.

Erickson said he is pleased with the amount of people that took advantage of the free rat traps, giving away about 800 so far.

“The response has been good, the people are very grateful and I haven't heard anything negative,” said Erickson.

Erickson has been keeping a tally of the rats killed by the free traps. He is asking everyone to email him a ‘kill’ count at As of right now, Erickson believes almost 50 rats have been taken off the streets of Green Bay.

“It is working. Every time you kill one, it’s the potential for eliminating 96 rats over the period of 12 months,” said Erickson.

Erickson said of the 1,500 rat traps purchased with $5,000 from the Brown County budget, the county has about 700 rat traps left and he plans to get rid of them in the next coming months.

“We are going to have another giveaway, if not two or three, and we should have dispensed of all of them at that point,” said Erickson.

The City of Green Bay has also put more funds into fighting the rodents. While doing proactive sweeps of neighborhoods and handing out information, the city is still in the process of interviewing candidates for a new part-time position to help deal with the rats.