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Judy Hedding

Citrus: Good — Roof Rats: Bad

By January 16, 2006

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It's been a few years since we first heard about roof rats invading the Arcadia section of Phoenix. An older section of central Phoenix, Arcadia is known for its abundance of citrus. The homeowners of that area, and, with the assistance of various agencies, banded together to combat the infestation.

Well guess what? They're baaaacck! And they are pretty much all over town.

Roof rats have now been reported in just about every area of the Valley, from Sun City to Chandler, and Scottsdale to Glendale.

Besides being diligent at prevention, one of the best things you can do to minimize the risk of getting roof rats at your home is to properly dispose of citrus.

NEIGHBORtoNEIGHBOR, Maricopa County and the City of Scottsdale will team up once again to offer the 4th Annual Arcadia NEIGHBORtoNEIGHBOR campaign's Citrus Drop-off Program.

From January 28 to April 1, 2006, all quality, edible fruit will be accepted, packaged and donated to Arizona Indian Reservation communities, local food banks, senior homes and the MCSO jail system. Fruit donation bins will be set up in the parking lot of the Elk's BPOE Scottsdale Lodge at 6398 East Oak Street in Scottsdale.

Residential drop off:
M-F: anytime, day or night
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to Noon
Sundays: anytime, day or night

Commercial drop off:
M-F: anytime, day or night
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Sundays: anytime, day or night

For more information call 602-273-0435.

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