Prevent a rat infestation

A rat infestation is caused primarily by people tossing rubbish or food on streets or in gardens. Help prevent this problem.

The municipality is working together with housing associations, involved residents and the Haagse Milieu Services (HMS) to combat a rat problem. You can also do a lot to prevent a rat infestation.

Prevent litter

  • Do not throw away any waste or food scraps on the street.
  • Do not place garbage bags or loose waste next to rubbish containers.
  • Place garbage bags at the curb the day your household waste is collected. Put your rubbish out preferably just before it will be collected. Seal the bags well.

Do not feed birds

Do not feed bread or leftover food to birds. Too much food can be bad for their health. Extra food is often left uneaten and this attracts rats.

There is a feeding ban in Morgenstond, Moerwijk and Mariahoeve. Are you feeding the birds or other animals in 1 of these neighbourhoods? Then you can get a fine of € 100.

Old bread

Do you have leftover or stale bread? Do not throw it away outdoors but put it in a bread collection bin. There are more and more bread containers in the city. Look at where the Begin link: bread containers are located, end link. .

Report rat nuisance

You can report rat nuisance to the municipality if you have seen 1 or more rats outdoors. This could be on the street, in a park or in the garden/courtyard of your housing association. You can report it to the municipality using the page Begin link: Report pests and vermin, end link. . Or call the municipality on tel. Begin link: 14070, end link. .

After it receives your complaint, the municipality will investigate the situation. It will look at which measures are needed in your neighbourhood to address the rat problem. These measures can range from changing the plants to cleaning the area. If it appears that these measures are not enough, the municipality will start up a pest control procedure.

Are you having problems with rats (or other pests or rodents) on your own property? Contact a pest control service. Never use sticky boards (glue traps). They can cause trouble for other pets and animals.

Pubic information campaign

The municipality will continue its public information campaign on the consequences of bread and food scraps outdoors. There are different options:


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