Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Giant New York Rats Overtaking Central Park and the UWS; NYC Gnaws Into 3rd Spot on 'Rattiest Cities' List, and related stories

Giant New York rats overtaking Central Park and the UWS:
Rat school is in session as fed-up New Yorkers try to learn how to deal with a surging rodent population.
Rats as big as bunnies are roaming the streets in broad daylight, nesting in trees and chewing through car engine wires that can cost thousands to fix. And there are so many that residents are kvetching about them every chance they get — 311 hotline complaints about rats have totaled 12,632 so far this year — a third more than the 9,042 for all of 2019.
With the Upper West Side teeming with the hungry critters, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and the city Health Department sponsored the latest incarnation of “Rat Academy,” two hours of rat prevention training livestreamed Tuesday to nearly four dozen supers, tenants and homeowners. The city began such training sessions about 10 years ago.
Gail Dubov, president of the West 83rd Street Block Association, has a “Ph.D in Rat Academy” from sitting in on a couple of sessions, including Tuesday’s. “Rats are devious,” she pronounced with authority, “and they’re smart.” --->READ MORE HERE
New York City gnaws into 3rd spot on 'Rattiest Cities' list:
It may not come as much of a surprise that New York City seems to have a rat problem, according to a new report from pest control company Orkin.
The Big Apple comes in at number 3 yet again on the company's recently released rankings for America's "Rattiest Cities."
Chicago took the top spot for the sixth consecutive time, followed by Los Angeles.
Orkin rated cities according to the number of new rodent treatments performed over the last year. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
"As reported in the spring, the pandemic-driven closure of restaurants forced rodents to find new food sources. Without food waste to consume, these pests were seen scavenging new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior," --->READ MORE HERE
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