RATS! “They just seem to be popping up” in one Milwaukee neighborhood

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MILWAUKEE -- Pests have moved into one Milwaukee neighborhood -- and they're really tearing up the place. It's so bad, some people want to move.

Neighbors living next to one particular home near 92nd and Lisbon say when the homeowner moved out, hundreds of unwanted guests moved in. For evidence of the problem, you need look no further than Michelle Grieger's backyard.

at3"They just seem to be popping up -- I can't seem to control them," Grieger said.

It's so bad, Grieger said her patio bricks have shifted -- and she has dropped rat poison in the many holes left by the vermin.

"She's smelling because she knows -- that's the first place she bolts to," Grieger said.

But Grieger is worried about Daisy and Tegan, her curious dogs, taking a bite of something they're shouldn't be getting into.


What is being done to rid the rats? FOX6 News reached out to officials with Milwaukee's Department of Neighborhood Services. A residential building code enforcement manager said the location in question is a big problem.

rat1A statement reads, "Our inspectors have been baiting in that area for the last year. We consider this an active site and a difficult case. Probably the biggest issue there is the abandoned house."

The problem is so bad, Grieger is considering joining some of her other neighbors who have decided to pack up and leave altogether.

"If they can't come up with something, I want to move too," Grieger said.


  • Barry

    I live in the area of 78th / W Burleigh and the rats are bad here too! What can be done? The population seemed to of exploded this summer. We have a 2 yo and we are concerned for her health because of the rats.

  • Tracy Anderson

    I personally lived in this area for years & there was never a problem with rats until recently. This home in particular was lived in until just over a year ago when the homeowner died. The house was sold & the new owners have not done anything since purchasing it. There should be some type of housing authority that oversees things like this. As a homeowner I have received notices that things need to be fixed because of complaints received, why isn’t this being done??? IT IS FRUSTRATING!!

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