Reston Town Center to Get Rid of Unwanted Residents — Rats

Town Square Park at Reston Town Center Reston has long touted the Reston Town Center as its urban core. Now town center has an urban problem.

Reston Town Center management has notified residents that Reston Town Square Park is experiencing a rat issue.

Here is the memo that residents of The Midtown Condominium received Wednesday morning

Dear Midtown Resident,

The following notice was received from Reston Town Center.  Dog owners should pay particular attention!!!!

As  you have probably heard we have rats in the Town Square Park for the first time.  What you may not know is that there has been an explosion of rats in the entire Town Center.  I am not sure why except that perhaps the Avant construction provided stimulation for them to get into the rest of Town Center.

 In response both Boston Properties and RUCA are taking steps to initiate a major effort on our properties to get rid of the rats.  RUCA is also working with Triple “S” Pest control.  They did a survey of the Town Square last week and found rodent burrows in the big planting bed on Explorer St, and in the beds facing Market St.

We have contracted with them to do intensive treatment doing 9 visits to inspect and aggressively treat the existing burrows for the first month and then follow up with monthly treatment.  This will include installing 9 tamper resistant bait stations in key areas of the property including flower and shrub planting areas.   These will look like a fake rock and  will contain a rodenticide which I have been told will not harm dogs, but dog owners should keep their dogs away from them. 

Dog owners must be very careful about cleaning up dog poop and putting it in the stations. If the stations are getting too full too quickly please let me know. Rats are attracted to the waste. 

We also ask that residents be sure to clean up any food and trash and if possible take it with them out of the park for disposal.  

Thank you,

Midtown at Reston Management

Photo: File photo of Reston Town Square Park

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