How and where can I dispose of prescription drugs?
We encourage a safe disposal of drugs and offer many ways for Wauwatosa residents to participate:
1) A permanent drop box is available at the Wauwatosa Police Department for all expired and unused prescription and over the counter medications. No needles/sharps, household chemicals, hygiene items, biohazard material are accepted. You must be a Wauwatosa resident and valid identification is required.
Monday - Friday: 7 am - 11 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 3 pm - 11 pm
2) We host medication collection events at City Hall, typically in April and September. For details on any upcoming medication collection events, call (414) 479-8936, or check our events calendar.
Do rats carry any diseases?
The rats that live in Wauwatosa are Norway rats. They do not carry Hantavirus and don’t typically spread diseases to humans. However, while rat bites are extremely rare, you should consult your doctor if you are bitten by a rat. If you find a dead rat in your yard, use gloves or a plastic bag to pick it up and throw it away. Some rats carry parasites similar to fleas. While these can be a nuisance, they are not harmful to humans.
How can tenants help prevent rodent problems?
It is the occupant's responsibility to use garbage receptacles properly, to keep receptacles covered at all times, and to notify the property owner if the receptacle becomes cracked, broken, or loses its cover. It is the occupant’s responsibility to limit food sources otherwise meant for recreational animal watching (bird and squirrel feeding).
What does the City of Wauwatosa do about rats?
The City of Wauwatosa responds to complaints about rats and can provide information about rodent control and enforcement according to the Wauwatosa ordinance. We do not offer baiting or elimination services but can refer you to pest control companies. To request more information or enforcement, please contact us by calling 414-479-8936.
You can report illegal dumping of garbage and solid waste on private property to the Wauwatosa Department of Property Maintenance at (414) 479-8981.
How can I prevent rats from becoming a problem on my property?
To control rats, you must remove everything they need to survive:
Food. Eliminate all food sources.
Bag garbage and put in tightly covered containers.
Store pet food and bird seed in a metal container and off the ground.
Monitor compost piles.
Water. Remove any sources of standing water.
Shelter. Prevent opportunities for rats to burrow.
Keep plants and bushes trimmed and neat.
Cover exposed dirt with gravel.
Seal cracks or holes in your home and garage.
Don't allow debris to accumulate on your property.
I saw a rat in my home/yard. What should I do?
The best way to get rid of rats on your property is with trapping and/or baiting the rats. If you notice any evidence of rodent activity on your property, contact a professional exterminator to properly eradicate the issue. Exterminators can be found online or in your local phone book.
How do I know if I have rats on my property?
Keep an eye out for burrows, droppings, holes, and/or runways.
Burrows are oval shaped holes in dirt or concrete from one to four inches wide, with smooth edges. They can be found under bushes and plants and along foundations or walls.
Droppings are often found close to garbage.If they are moist and dark it is a sign that rats are active in the area.
Holes and gnaw marks might be seen on plastic garbage cans or the bottom of garage doors.
Runways are created by rats running back and forth along the same path. Rats can leave dark, greasy track marks on grass or concrete.
When are the Wauwatosa Health Department immunization clinics?
The Wauwatosa Health Department offers three immunization clinics per month.
The monthly clinic schedule is as follows:
First Tuesdays: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm by appointment only
Second Tuesdays: 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Fourth Thursdays: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
What do I need to do to obtain a food or restaurant license?
The Wauwatosa Health Department (WHD) licenses all food businesses in the city.