PHOENIX -- It's time to get the oranges, lemons, grapefruit and other citrus off your trees.
With the cool weather, those nasty roof rats are enjoying life in the Valley.
Barry Paceley, who has long lead the war against the rodents in Phoenix's Arcadia district, says because roof rats love citrus, picking the fruit from your trees is your best defense against having the pests in your home.
Paceley says each Saturday between Jan. 26 and March 23, people can drop off their unwanted citrus between 8 a.m. and noon at the BPOE Lodge #2149 in Scottsdale at 6398 E. Oak St. The fruit will be donated to food banks, county prisons and Native American communities. Call 602-273-0435 or 602-549-0401 for more information.
St. Mary's Food Bank is also hosting a citrus collection this Saturday.
Spokesperson Jerry Brown says most of the oranges and grapefruit collected will be juiced and frozen, allowing St. Mary's to hand it out to those in need throughout the year.
There will be four collection locations for "Super Citrus Saturday."
- North Phoenix Baptist Church, Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road
- Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, 56th Street and Lafayette Boulevard
- St. Mary's Food Bank Surprise location, 13050 W. Elm Street
- North Scottsdale Bashas' Plaza, 10111 E. Bell Road
Donations are accepted between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at each location.
Remember, while picking the fruit from your trees may mean some weekend work, it's nowhere near as tough as trying to persuade roof rats to move from your home once they declare it as their own.
Arcadia Citrus Program
Help line: 602-273-0435
Citrus drop location:
BPOE Scottsdale Lodge 2148
6398 E. Oak Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Each Saturday morning from Jan. 26 to March 23, 2013
Resident drop off: 8 a.m. - Noon
Commercial drop off: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
St. Mary's Food Bank Super Citrus Saturday
Saturday, Jan. 26
Bring your extra citrus to drop-off locations between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Donations help fill emergency food boxes
The four “Super Citrus Saturday” locations for 2013 are:
*North Phoenix Baptist Church (Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road)
*Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ (56th Street and Lafayette)
*St. Mary’s Food Bank, Surprise Location (13050 W. Elm Street).
*McDowell Mountain Plaza (10111 E. Bell Road – Bell Road and Thompson Peak)