It was just nearing dusk when I was on my walk back to my apartment on the way back from the store. There’s a garbage heap in the alley behind my house and as I was passing it I saw something on the gate that seemed weird. I stopped to look and turned on my phone flashlight to try to figure out what it was: a rat climbing the gate. As I peered closer with my flashlight more rats scurried out from the garbage around the gate. In fear I ran the rest of the way to my apartment and away from the kingdom of rats. While seeing this pile of trash grosses me out and makes me nervous because of its occupants, it’s unusually normal to find similar heaps all over the city when actively looking for them. While disappointing to see, it becomes more clear why these unsightly piles exist in the city. As with many instances of pollution, we have to ask: who is responsible, who is to blame, and who will pay to clean it up? And because these questions exist in the legal and municipal practices of the city it is often these never do get cleaned up because it becomes a problem of whose property and whose money. This image is an important call to action. Preventing pollution can help prevent pests, an unfortunate problem that Baltimore City has become known for.