Photo: A snapshot of a social media site concerning trash at Joey’s Park.
After a failed attempt to eradicate vermin from their home at Joey’s Park, the Belmont Board of Health and the Highway Division of the Department of Public Works have today, Monday, Feb. 26, closed the popular Winn Brook neighborhood playground for a second time as it attempts to send the rats packing.
The town has hired Assurance Pest Solutions to treat the reemergence of large rat burrows with a deterrent solution dubbed Rat-Out Gel, made of garlic oil and white pepper. The plan is for the irritant to force the rodents into traps at baiting stations in the park.
While it’s being treated and monitored for the next three to four weeks, the playground will be closed to the public.
This is the second attempt by the town to root out the rats at the park located adjacent to the Winn Brook School.
The town is urging the public to assist it in keeping the play area clean of food scraps and trash which attract the rodents. In recent weeks, a social media site geared toward parents in Belmont focused on the general level of uncleanliness at the park, including photos of food containers, general garbage, and a soiled diaper.
For more information, contact the Belmont DPW at 617-993-2680 or the Belmont Health Department at 617-993-2720.