Some residents said they are staying inside their Madison Heights homes at night to avoid encounters with the rats, which have been photographed running rampant around garbage cans, under decks and inside barbecue grills, WDIV-TV, Detroit, reported Wednesday
The neighbors said they have contacted the city about the rodent problem but there has been no meaningful action on the part of officials.
"We've cleaned everything up. We've done poison, we've done this and that, and it's got worse," resident Mick Hohner said. "If it's only a few of us doing it, it's not going to get better."
City officials said they recommend residents help curb rat problems by keeping their trash secure and their yards free of pet waste.
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