Updates

Update | August 17, 2017

Ward 1 Update: Controlling the rat population, more summer events announced - Office of Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau

Controlling rats in the District
The District’s rodent population has increased as a result of the mild winter, which has allowed more rodents to survive and reproduce. My office has received and responded to dozens of constituent rodent concerns this summer. For each of these calls, we have worked to ensure that these requests are addressed and that any rodent nests are treated accordingly. My Constituent Services team is able to address rodent concerns by working with the Department of Health Rodent Abatement Division to assist constituents with properties that have been treated and are still experiencing rats.

Last year, the number of 311 requests for rodent abatement increased by 65 percent from 2,300 in 2015 to more than 3,500 in 2016. Though there has been an increase in the number of rodents in the city, projects like the Commercial Waste Compactor Grant through the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) which offers up to $13,500 to small businesses for the purchase of a waste compactor, is one of the District’s preventative strategies for rodents.
There are several ways residents can help prevent rodents from nesting on or near their properties, and remember, you can always reach out to my office if you have questions or need help:
  • Store garbage in metal or heavy plastic containers with tight-fitting lids and place trash outside shortly before pickup, instead of days in advance. 
  • Remove uneaten pet food and store pet food in secure containers. 
  • Report rodents upon sight, any overflowing or uncollected trash, and any overgrown grass/weeds and illegally dumped debris where rats can nest immediately to 311 via the mobile app, the 311 call center, or 311.dc.gov to have these violations enforced. 
  • Have a persistent issue? Please reach out to my team so we can work to eliminate the problem. 
 
Upcoming events
 
Constituent Service Office Hours – Shaw
August 18th • 5:30pm-7pm
Shaw Metro (7th St and S St NW Entrance)
Come meet the Constituent Service team to discuss any issues or problems with District services and how we can help. (Note: Check out my Twitter feed for cancellation in the event of inclement weather.)
 
Constituent Service Office Hours – U Street
August 23rd • 5:30pm-7pm
U Street Metro (10th and U St NW Entrance)
Come meet the Constituent Service team to discuss any issues or problems with District services and how we can help. (Note: Check out my Twitter feed for cancellation in the event of inclement weather.)
 
Brianne on Your Block – Pleasant Plains
August 24th • 6:30pm-8pm
The Hilltop (2737 Sherman Ave NW)
Join Councilmember Nadeau for informal office hours in the community to chat one-on-one about issues that matter to you. Drop by and chat. 
 
Ward 1 Pool Party
August 26th • 12-3pm
Banneker Pool (2500 Georgia Ave NW)
Join Councilmember Nadeau at Banneker pool to meet with residents and enjoy the sun.
 
Constituent Service Office Hours – Park View
August 29th • 5:30pm-7pm
Georgia Ave and Morton St NW
Come meet the Constituent Service team to discuss any issues or problems with District services and how we can help. (Note: Check out my Twitter feed for cancellation in the event of inclement weather.)
 
Constituent Service Office Hours – Adams Morgan
September 5th • 5:30pm-7pm
Unity Park (Columbia Rd and Euclid St NW)
Come meet the Constituent Service team to discuss any issues or problems with District services and how we can help. (Note: Check out my Twitter feed for cancellation in the event of inclement weather.)
 
Constituent Service Office Hours – Mount Pleasant
September 12th • 5:30pm-7pm
Lamont Park (Lamont St and Mount Pleasant St NW)
Come meet the Constituent Service team to discuss any issues or problems with District services and how we can help. (Note: Check out my Twitter feed for cancellation in the event of inclement weather.)