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    Cyburbian Plus JNA's avatar
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    It's a rat race ... to the suburbs?

    Headline and article from the AP Wire:
    http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wi...gion-apnewyork

    Highlights:
    Have the rats that once plagued Buffalo moved out to the suburbs?

    The suburban problem seemed to start at roughly the same time Buffalo finished phasing in a sealable plastic garbage tote program specifically designed to combat rat problems in the city. The popular theory is that, with their food supply all but cut off in the city, the rats looked elsewhere for food.

    You can tell when you've solved your rat problem, your neighbor starts complaining, as in the case with the city and the suburbs," said David Hahn-Baker, environmentalist and chairman of the Buffalo Pest Management Board. The animals live within 150 feet of where they eat, he said, and they migrate until they find food.
    Even Cheektowaga is mentioned.


    Does your community specify what style of trash container you have ?
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA

    Does your community specify what style of trash container you have ?
    Heck, no. The people in the unincorporated but wealthy areas, get free big-ass, impregnable county trash containers. The rest of us (in the lesser unincorporated areas) buy our own. Mine couldn't stop an ant, much less a rat.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    ...Does your community specify what style of trash container you have ?
    Yes, in fact they provide the container. No rodent problems here.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    Yes, in fact they provide the container. No rodent problems here.
    What he said, except that ours are not so impregnable to raccoons or groundhogs/woodchucks.
    Je suis Charlie

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    No large garbage contianers here. Or silly bag program.

    However, they banned 39 gallon or larger cans and you have to call ahead to get an appliance picked up.
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
    -Steven Tyler

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    The city I work in has semi-automated garbage pick-up, so they issue garbage containers to ensure they work properly with their equipment.

    Out in the unincorporated area (where I live), we can use a similar system. Because we recycle a lot and don't produce much waste, I've gone to a by-the-bag system instead with a different company. Our waste costs us about $4 a month that way and I drive by the recycling station on the way to work when needed.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    Yes, in fact they provide the container. No rodent problems here.
    Same here. Although, rodents are everywhere, just not enough to be considereda major problem.

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