High School in Newport Beach Deals With Rat Problem Likely Stemming From Nearby Construction

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Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach is dealing with a rat problem, likely stemming from nearby construction, officials said Friday.

This photo, taken on Dec. 16, 2016, shows two dead rats dangling from snap traps on a wall in a teacher’s classroom at Newport Harbor High School. (Credit: Andres Dominguez via Los Angeles Times).

This photo, taken on Dec. 16, 2016, shows two dead rats dangling from snap traps on a wall in a teacher’s classroom at Newport Harbor High School. (Credit: Andres Dominguez via Los Angeles Times).

There have been several sightings of rodents at the campus, but they appear to be isolated to one building, Annette Franco, a spokeswoman for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, told KTLA.

Maintenance staff and pest specialists have inspected the school and have made recommendations on how to address the issue, Franco said in an email.

"Maintenance staff sets traps after school and inspects, records, removes and disinfects any findings the next morning, prior to the start of school to avoid impacting staff and students," she explained.

Franco added that a "more aggressive approach" will be taken during the school's winter break, when more traps will be set and clutter will be removed.

In addition, staff have been advised to keep their classrooms clean and minimize snacks during class.