“There are 3 main species of rodent currently in Frisco, the Norway rat, roof rat and house mouse.
           Norway Rat
The largest and most robust rodent with brownish/grayish fur and a fur-less tail shorter than its body. They produce 4 to 6 litters per year and average about 8 young per litter. The Norway rat lives one-to-two years and reaches productive maturity at 3 months. Norway rats typically burrow under building foundations, beneath rubbish or wood piles and around gardens or fields. Generally, they remain in the basement or ground floor when invading a residence. Norway rats are also powerful swimmers and may enter a residence through the sewer or broken pipes.
           Roof Rat
Sleek and agile the roof rat has brownish / grayish fur and a fur-less tail longer than its body. They produce at least 3 litters per year and average about 6 young per litter. The roof rat lives about 1 to 2 years and reaches productive maturity at 3 months. Roof rats are adept at climbing and will nest above ground in shrubs, trees, dense vegetation such as ivy, elevated spaces in walls, attics, false ceilings and cabinets.
House Mouse
The smallest of the three rodent species listed with brownish / grayish fur, small black eyes, large ears and a long fur-less tail. They produce 13 litters per year and average about 6 young per litter. The house mouse will live about 1 year and reaches productive maturity at 6 to 10 weeks. Due to the small size of the house mouse, they are able to enter buildings much more easily than rats and are also able to survive in smaller areas with less food and shelter available to them.
  • Signs of Rodent Infestation
  • Droppings along walls or in cabinets and drawers
  • Gnaw marks where the rodents have entered the residence or have found access to food
  • Greasy smudge marks where rodents have entered the residence or rubbed along beams, pipes, rafters or walls
  • Remnants of nests when moving old boxes, yard debris or junk
  • Burrows dug in the landscaping or under the foundation
  • Sounds such as gnawing, clawing, climbing in walls and squeaks
  • Rodent Prevention & Population Control
  • Rodent Proof Your Home
  • Seal all holes, cracks and entryways around pipes, cables and wires with course steel wool or wire screen that the rodents cannot chew through. Holes as small as 1/4 inch will allow entry into a building. Concrete may be used to prevent rodents from burrowing under the foundation.
  • Ensure all doors, windows and screens fit tightly. Repair or replace any damaged screens. Garage doors may be sealed using weather stripping.
  • Cover the gnawed edges of entryways with sheet metal to prevent further chewing.
  • Keep inside doors to the garage and pet doors closed at night.
  • Use self closing exits on clothes dryer vents to the outside.
  • Do not forget to check roof and eaves areas and to repair or replace vent screens.
  • Sanitation & Prevention
  • Remove trash and yard debris frequently to eliminate possible nesting areas.
  • Keep grass and landscaping trimmed and away from the house.
  • Do not leave pet food out. Feed only the amount your pet will finish.
  • Remove dog waste daily.
  • Repair water leaks or drips. Remove accidental sources of water.



McKinney has a unique, rich and diverse spirit in part because of the history that shaped it. Over the years, the city leadership’s vision in preserving our history has intentionally crafted a town that offers the best of the old with a vibrant present and a very promising future.
McKinney’s history includes many stories about the people who lived here, the work they did and the places they called home. This page offers a short overview of our beginnings. There are many additional resources available through the McKinney Public Library, and our resource list offers some suggestions. We encourage you to research and learn more about the history that makes McKinney truly unique by nature.
Pioneer Spirit
The area we now call Collin County was originally settled by pioneers offered free land by colonizers like William S. Peters and associates. Colonizers were hired by the state of Texas to introduce settlers into this area, which was at first was called Peter’s Colony. The offer typically included up to 640 acres of land, a gun and help building a cabin. The Peter’s Colony settlers came in 1841.
Settlers arrived in wagons pulled by oxen or horses and braved the threats of weather, wild animals and native Indians for the promise of free land and a better life. They found that life here in the fertile land was rich but hard. Some left, abandoning their claims, but many stayed on and still more came, establishing farms, communities and commerce.
          McKinney’s Roots
Fannin County originally encompassed most of northeast Texas. In 1846, Collin County and several other counties were created out of the original area, and each was about 30 miles square. The Texas legislature decreed that a county seat had to be within three miles of the center of the county so a rider could get from the edge of the county to the county seat and back home in one day. Collin County was named for Collin McKinney who was a pioneer and land surveyor who helped draft and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1836.



Building a City
The growing prosperity meant that bigger and better facilities were needed for the county seat. In 1866, the Commissioner’s Court imposed a special courthouse and jail tax, and in 1874 building on the new courthouse began. When it was completed in 1875, it was the tallest building in Texas north of San Antonio.
The booming economy meant better infrastructure and larger homes for many of the leading citizens. Many of McKinney’s most impressive historic homes were built in the 1890s. By 1885, the city had newspapers, banks, flour mills, an opera house, churches and two thousand residents. The first telephone exchange arrived in 1883, a volunteer fire department organized in 1887 and electric lights first lit up the town in 1889.
Creating Our Future
From these seeds grew the McKinney we know today: a town that is growing quickly and was chosen by Money Magazine in 2014 as the #1 Best Place to Live in the country. A diverse and thriving economy, a quality way of life and leadership and citizens dedicated to celebrating our roots serve us today and are paving the way for continued growth into the future.

This website contains a list of materials used as resources for this page, along with additional historical references.

City Info taken from Wiki

Local government
The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (2009) states that the city's various funds had $194.8 million in Revenues, $182.5 million in expenditures, $144.5 million in total assets, $24.8 million in total liabilities, and $127.7 million in cash in investments.
The McKinney City Council has seven members. Two council members and the mayor are elected at large, and four council members are elected to single-member districts.
McKinney's City Manager serves under the direction of the City Council, and administers and coordinates the implementation of procedures, policies, and ordinances.
The city of McKinney is a voluntary member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments association, the purpose of which is to coordinate individual and collective local governments and facilitate regional solutions, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and enable joint decisions.
State government
McKinney is represented in the Texas Senate by Republican Van Taylor, District 8, and Republican Craig Estes, District 30. McKinney is also represented in the Texas House of Representatives by Republican Scott Sanford, District 70.
Federal government
At the federal level, the two U.S. senators from Texas are Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. McKinney is part of Texas' U.S. Congressional 3rd District, which is currently represented by Republican Sam Johnson.
Police department
The McKinney Police Department is the primary municipal law enforcement agency that serves the city. Chief Greg Conley is the head of the department and for the fiscal year of 2016-2017 there was an authorized total of 201 sworn peace officers and 59 non-sworn civilian positions. The department was awarded national accredited status from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and is also a Texas Police Chief's Association Foundation (TPCAF) Recognized Agency, making it only the third agency in Texas to receive both state and national accreditation