BOSTON (CBS) – City inspectors are calling it one of the worst rat infestations they’ve ever seen.

More than 100 rodents have been found at two properties in the Fenway, 26 Hemenway Street and 24 Havilland Street, the Inspectional Services Department announced Thursday.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Inspectors found more than 50 burrows at the two sites and there’s evidence the rats are migrating to other nearby areas.

John Meaney, Boston Inspectional Services Director of Environmental Services division says conditions in the area were ideal for the rats to thrive.

“They’re able to live here, survive here, and multiply quickly,” he said.

The problem has also caught the attention of Mayor Tom Menino.

“I’m outraged by the issue that we have here,” he said. “We have thousands of students moving back into our city very shortly want to make sure that it’s rodent free.”

Several college students live in the neighborhood.

The owners of both properties, Fenway Residential Properties and Boston Properties Management have been cited by the city.

Inspectors ordered the owners to hire a licensed pest management company, clean and contain their trash storage areas, and trim and clean the landscape.


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