Rats in Sloan

July 19, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2013 at 7:25 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

July 19, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2013 at 7:25 PM EDT

SLOAN (WKBW) Some residents in Sloan are now complaining about the presence of rats, while the village says it is the property owner's responsibility.

John Mendez has lived in his Sloan home for nearly 50 years, but says this year he has run into a large furry problem in his backyard, and has gotten very little help about it.

Mendez says he sees rats crossing his back yard multiple times per week. While he keeps his lawn cut and well kept, his neighbors have tall grass, overgrown bushes, and are serving as a breeding ground for rodents.

Eyewitness News spoke to someone at the Sloan Village office, who says all rat calls are forwarded to the county, but Mendez says his problem persists.

"Long tail, maybe about a foot and a half long, and the body is like this, maybe 13 inches. And dark brown," Mendez described. "They move pretty fast but they're big. If we saw one right now you and me would take off. They're that big."

The village recently bough new trash bins for all residents to cut down on the problem, which they have faced in the past, but say it does come down to the homeowners taking care of their own property.

Some advice to avoid rodent problems:

Keep lids on trash bins securely.
Clean areas like under steps or decks.
Cut high grass.

If you or someone you know has a rodent problem, call the Erie County Department of Health at (716) 961-6800.