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Mental & physical health

Report rats

The Department of Public Health responds to complaints about rats in residences, businesses, and outdoors.


Report rats if you see them:

  • On or near your residence.
  • In the street.
  • In a public park.
  • In an alley or on the sidewalk.

Report rats by calling (215) 685-9000 or emailing

Inspectors from the Department of Public Health will inspect the site, provide preventive treatment, and make recommendations to keep residences free of rodents. Inspectors will also provide information about mice, roaches, ticks, fleas, and other household pests.

If you see a rat in a food establishment, call the Office of Food Protection at (215) 685-7495.