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    Green Bay Using Birds Of Prey For Rat Problem

    NewsBirds of Prey NewsMonday 12 December 2011
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    "They go up the pipe and down into the basement, so I got screening on there," homeowner Kathy Lefebvre said.
     
    Unwanted guests are lurking outside her home near Bay Beach Amusement Park.
    "We've been having some mice. More than I've ever had, so I don't know what's happening," Lefebvre said.
     
    For the last two years, she and others near downtown Green Bay are dealing with mice and rats.     
    The problem gave Sharon Hensen with animal control an idea. Let the problem go to the birds.
    "One Kestrel will eat up to 10 mice a day," Hensen said.
     
    City leaders plan to put up 10 nesting boxes around the Bay Beach area to attract Kestrels. They hope the small falcon will feed on the mice and rats.
     
    "This is a win-win all the way across the board. It's a win for birds. It's a win for the citizens. It's letting nature deal with the problem of the infestation of rats and mice and whatever we're dealing with," Hensen said.
     
    So Lefebvre doesn't have to deal with it herself.
    "I would definitely like to see any rat problem taken care of," Lefebvre said. "They can be carrying a disease.
     
    That's a worry you have."
    The nesting boxes are expected to go up next spring. If the project works leaders hope to lure larger birds of prey.

    Source: NBC 26

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