Ahwatukee neighbors gather to share tips about fighting roof rats

Posted at 8:01 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 09:31:22-04

Several Ahwatukee neighborhoods are striking back against vermin invaders.

Angela Hart said she caught at least 20 roof rats in her Lakewood yard. 

“I'm from Iowa, and I wanted to say it was a mouse,” Hart said. “But they're very, very big with long tails.” 

Expert say homeowners need to keep yards clean and attics sealed to keep the rats from making your home their own.

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Dozens of neighbors gathered at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center Tuesday evening to discuss the best traps and prevention techniques.

“It's spreading the word and letting everyone know that we've got to do something about it,” Hart said.