A Rat Safari Part I of II

Bobby Corrigan looking in a sewer for rats.
Bobby Corrigan looking in a sewer for rats.

Some people take a safari to Africa for fun.  If you are in the pest control business, you might consider another type of safari to be just as fun.  A few years ago Douglas Stern read a fascinating book called “Rats” Observations on the History & Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan.   In the book, the author visited Theatre and Eden Alley in New York City to study the infamous rats that continue to plague the City.

Douglas Stern was joined by New York City rat expert Bobby Corrigan on their own rat expedition on November 11, 2009.

Bobby Corrigan is a virtual superstar when it comes to rat knowledge and behavior.   When New York City Mayor Bloomberg had the unpleasant experience of having a wayward rat run across his foot several years ago, Booby Corrigan was called in to the rescue.  Mayor Bloomberg’s rat encounter brought the plight that New Yorkers face daily in regards to rat’s major attention.  Bobby now works at the New York City Heath Department where he inspects every building in Lower Manhattan.  In his inspections, he marks down where any openings might be in building foundations or gaps in the doors of all of the buildings where rats could use as an entry point.  Information is then put into a database that can be searched upon as needed.

Please check back on Thursday for the conclusion to our rat safari story.