Rats Invade Montgomery County School

42 traps set to catch rodents

By Tonya LaFleur
|  Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010  |  Updated 6:31 AM EDT
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Rats Invade Montgomery County School

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Last month’s back-to-back blizzards in the D.C. Metro area left more than snow at one Montgomery County school.

Burning Tree Elementary in Bethesda, Md., has been dealing with a rat problem ever since the snowstorms cleared.

The school’s principal, Nancy Erdrich, sent out a letter Monday to parents.

“This is to let you know that the school has been working very closely with the MCPS department of pest control since rodent activity was noticed in the building right after the blizzard,” said Erdrich.

Pest control workers have set 42 traps inside classrooms and around the school campus.  So far, two rats have been taken into custody.

Erdrich said an exterminator is at the school every day to monitor the rat “situation.”

The staff at Burning Tree Elementary has been going around and sanitizing the building.

“Your children have not been in any danger,” Erdrich said.

No illnesses related to the rats have been reported.

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