Representatives with Columbus Public Health are addressing a reported rat infestation.
In the coming days, they'll be meeting with residents to assess how bad the problem is.
Health officials say rat complaints across Columbus are slowly growing. Right now, a disease survey is underway to figure out if they pose a health risk.
A woman who lives in a rental property in the North Linden neighborhood shared pictures with 10TV that she says she took recently of dead rats in traps and particles of food they've eaten from her pantry.
According to a map provided by Columbus Public Health, there's a large cluster of rat infestation complaints all over the East and North Linden areas, much of Clintonville, and as far west as Bethel Road.
"It's disgusting that there are rats populating and being allowed to stay where there's a lot of people and animals," said Kristin Brown who lives at lives at Sterling Place Apartments on Coachmen Road.
She says the rats around the trash compactor are out of control, and she has seen as many as 15 at a time. Brown says she's filed several complaints with management and so far has not received a response.
The manager of the complex did not immediately return 10TV calls for comment.
A spokesman with Columbus Public Health told 10TV that "We recognize it's a big quality of life issue and we take that very seriously. We will be sending representatives out to investigate the complaints in the coming weeks."
Brown says she'll be filing a formal complaint with the city and is hopeful others with similar concerns will do the same.
"Who knows? It could be elsewhere and people are doing what I'm doing and just not saying anything, and it's a lot bigger problem than we know," she said.
Residents are advised to lock down bird feeders, harvest garden vegetables frequently and limit access to compost heaps.
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