An uptick in urban rats has homeowners frantically trying to figure out ways to thwart infestations.

“It is a bad year for rats,” said Dana Sanchez, wildlife specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “Eugene and parts of Portland are experiencing a noticeable increase. It could mean there are more rats, or it could be evidence that people are providing more habitat.”

Salem also seems to be experiencing an increase in rats. David Neal, owner of All About Pests, said rodents are keeping him busy this winter. He said winter is always a busy time for rodent control but this winter is worse then past ones. He added West and South Salem are the hardest hit.

"I'm basically 24/7 on these rodents," he said.

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