Councilor Ed Flynn to Call for Hearing on Pest Control and Illegal Dumping in Boston

Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn filed a hearing order at this week’s Council meeting to discuss issues relating to pest control and illegal dumping in the City of Boston. The hearing is intended to discuss measures that the city can take to respond to the recent uptick in rodent activities, as well as ways to curb illegal dumping in our city. 

There have been increased reports of rodent infestations and activities in recent months in the city, and the CDC had also warned that environmental health and rodent control agencies should expect “reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior” due to restaurants and other food sources for rats and rodents closing down during the COVID-19 pandemic. In discussing the issue of pest control, we should also talk about illegal dumping, as trash that is not properly disposed of can attract rodents and cause other public health issues, and there are frequent reports of illegal dumping in our neighborhoods. This hearing will discuss ways that the city can adequately handle these issues, including increasing enforcement, and more public awareness and outreach about proper ways of disposing trash and preventing rodent activities. 

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, many neighbors have contacted me regarding their concerns about pest control and the prevention of illegal dumping. With the noticeable increase in rodents and other pests in recent months, it’s important that we discuss measures for effective pest control and keeping our streets clean,” said Councilor Flynn. “These are important quality of life and public health issues for neighbors across District 2, and I look forward to further discussion at the hearing with city officials, residents, and civic organizations.”  

For more information, please contact Councilor Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203 and