News 3 On Your Side received reports on social media sites of a possible rat problem at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy. The school is in the Ardsley Park community on East 49th street.
We spoke with the school district officials who say they're being pro-active when it comes to the pests.
The district is working with Orkin Pest Control to get rid of the vermin. The extermination company says the roof rat is common in the area due to the high tree canopy where the rats like to stay.
A school district spokesperson says the rats are usually seen in the early morning or late at night.
"We haven't had any incidents of one of these creatures actually being in a classroom when there are students. There are no incidents of one of these rodents biting an individual. They primarily keep to attics and into the walls," says SCCPSS spokesperson Kurt Hetager.
Chris Watring, the Savannah Manager of Orkin Pest Control, said these rats can squeeze into a space as small as a quarter, so it's easy to see how they could have come into the school.
In October, the school district will have maintenance trim back the trees around the school which will make it less attractive to the vermin.
Knowing the school is working on stopping the pest puts any concerns one Charles Ellis parent might have at bay.
"It's not something you want to have, but it's not something that I'm worried about," said parent David Duckworth.
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