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Cheektowaga residents fear demolition of Super Flea could bring more rats

Rats have been a problem for Cheektowaga residents for quite a while now and it doesn’t look like the rodents are going away anytime soon.

Town members and residents went back and forth Monday evening, giving each other tips on how to capture their unwanted guests.

“I use jelly and honey,” said Town Supervisor Mary Holtz.

“I’ve caught 10 over the last week, snap traps and fish food,” said a local resident.

Residents stated they believe the rats are coming from the Super Flea and Farmers Market, 2500 Walden Ave., where the new Walmart Supercenter will be locating.

They worry that after the flea is demolished, the rats will spread and continue to relocate at their homes.

Holtz said that the new garbage totes to be distributed in early November, should reduce the number of rats; but it won’t eliminate all of them.

“I think what we need to do is communicate with Walmart to see what they can do to help us out,” said Councilmember Stanley Kaznowski.

“I mean they’re a multibillion dollar company and they came to us wanting to do things right and I think we need to talk to them to continue to push them for baiting that property.”

Kaznowski said he plans to get in contact with the Walmart representative and let the company know that rats are a major issue.

If Walmart baits before the building is demolished it could solve the problem.

Holtz also encouraged residents to be involved so that Walmart realizes the severity of the matter.

“We need to have cooperation with the public too,” said Holtz.

“I’m hoping if we keep on top of the whole demolish situation with the baits that by the time they demolish, the totes should come.”

A community outreach meeting with Walmart will take place 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29 at the Private Leonard Post VFW, 2450 Walden Avenue.

All residents are invited to attend.


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