WATERTOWN, MASS. (WHDH) - Health officials are encouraging Watertown residents to stick with plastic Halloween decorations to help prevent a rodent infestation.

The Watertown Health Department reminded residents that pumpkins and other edible decorations placed outside homes can provide food sources for rodents.

Instead, they are asking people to consider plastic decorations to help prevent rodents on their property and in the town.

Officials say if residents decide to go with the real thing — especially after they are carved — it’s best to bring the pumpkins inside.

“We are giving people an alternative,” said Larry Ramdin, the town’s director of public health. “We are not saying don’t buy pumpkins, what we are saying, at beginning of trick or treating move them in, so there is no food available for rodents.”

Residents can learn more about rodent control in Watertown by visiting the town’s website.

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