Rat problem in Green Bay addressed by Brown County Supervisors

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- The rat issue in Green Bay is getting some help from the Brown County Board of Supervisors.

It’s something the city has been trying to fight ever since Action 2 News first talked to residents back in August near Lambeau Field about their increased rat population.

Since then, many neighborhood associations have held meetings to talk about what residents can do to keep rats out of their yards, but now the county is trying to help with their upcoming budget.

“I got contacted yesterday, a lady killed two of them in her backyard with a shovel, in broad daylight, which is just unheard of,” said Bernie Erickson, Brown County Supervisor.

Erickson said he’s still getting about 8 to 10 emails a day about rats.
“I am talking from Military to Howard, by the arena, the stadium, they are moving into Ashwaubenon, they are all over,” said Erickson.

Because Erickson believes rats are bigger than just a Green Bay issue, he is asking the county to step in and help.

“I proposed $ 5,000. It’s a mere pittance of a sum to try to find a solution, but I have a very good lead of purchase on rat traps and if we can get into some troubled area, even with one rat trap you can kill several a day,” said Erickson.

That money was approved Wednesday afternoon by the Brown County Board of Supervisors and will go into effect next year.

“We are going to work on this immediately,” said Erickson. “By the time the budget goes into effect on January 1, we hope to have everything in place for distribution.”

Meanwhile, Green Bay City Council members continue to do their part.

“Budget is coming up and we have no monies designated for rat control, so I think we are going to take a hard look at that and find out if there is some funding or department or something we can do to get some monies to get some folks to take care of rats in our neighborhoods,” said Mark Steuer, Green Bay City Council Vice President.

Green Bay Alderman Randy Scannell said they are even looking at improving city inspections.

“In the pass, our process has been for inspection has been very reactive, so a neighbor would have to complain before the city would take any action,” said Scannell. “Now we kicked back to staff to come up with a plan for the city to be more proactive, but not in every inspection aspect, but in areas that concern vermin. What could we do to be more proactive as a city?”