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Pest Control

The Department of Neighborhood Services can provide information, assistance and enforcement on pest issues.

COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE APPLICATOR REGISTRATION

Any person who applies pesticides within the City of Milwaukee for profit must be registered with the Department of Neighborhood Services' Nuisance and Environmental Health Section. There is an annual registration of $55 plus a $27 late fee per person, if applicable. For more information or for a pre-application call 286-2268. Anyone caught applying pesticides in the City of Milwaukee without the City of Milwaukee's Commercial Pesticide Applicator Registration Certificate will be issued a municipal citation.

Click here and go to the FORMS page of the DNS website to download the Preapplication form for Commercial Pesticide Applicator.

MIGRATING ROACHES

Migrating roach complaints should be directed to the Department of Neighborhood Service' Nuisance and Environmental Health Section at 286-2268. Migrating roaches are roaches seen moving from one home to another. An exact address must be given to the receptionist at the time of the complaint. The inspector will investigate and if confirmed, a one-time pesticide application will be made to the exterior of the property. 

BEDBUGS

Perhaps the most rapidly growing problem in America is the bedbug.  It appears in many locations thanks to the human behaviors that help it move from location to location and its growing ability to avoid extermination. The high cost to throughly elminate it and the common mistakes the human hosts make have created a problem that requires, planning, response and prevention. Read all the details here. 

PIGEONS

All pigeon complaints should be referred to the Department of Neighborhood Services' Nuisance and Environmental Health Section at 286-2268. For information on how to prevent pigeons from roosting on your own property, an instructional pamphlet is available for city of Milwaukee residents. For neighboring problems with roosting pigeons, an exact address is needed before the inspector can investigate and if necessary issue orders to pigeon proof the home. The Department of Neighborhood Services does not abate pigeons.

PROBLEMS WITH PIGEONS?-DNS-305.pdf A review of what problems pigeons create, how they breed, roost and spread other potential problems. Contains diagrams on how to protect your property from the birds, locate bird feeders, and how to minimize their negative impact. Also included is the code about creating harborages for nuisance animals.

RATS

All complaints about exterior rat activity should be called in to the Department of Neighborhood Services at 286-2268. An exact address must be given to the receptionist at the time of the complaint. An inspector will look for active rat infestations at that location and issue an order on the property owner if an infestation is found. The order instructs the property owner to either abate the nuisance themselves or hire an exterminator. When the inspector re-inspects 7 days later, if no abatement has been started, the inspector will place bait. The inspector will continue to place bait until there is no longer any acceptance. The cost of the abatement will then be placed on the property owner's tax bill at the end of the year.

Rats on the interior will be handled by the Residential Building Code Complaint section by calling 286-2268.