NYC to Crack Down on Rodents to Prevent Dangerous Spread of Diseases

Rats are Spreading Dangerous Diseases
Rats are Spreading Dangerous Diseases

NYC rodent control can be a disgusting job, but sometimes it can be downright dangerous. A rare disease has taken its toll on NYC, killing one, and severely sickening 2 others. Disseminated by the city’s ever-burgeoning rat population, the NYC Health Department has been spurred into action.

The Area of Highest Risk
A cluster of the rare bacterial infection, leptospirosis, has been identified within a one-block radius of the Concourse area of the Bronx. The building in question is owned by the 5th worst landlord in the city, Ved Parkash, also known for 5 other buildings with violations. It is the first such cluster ever identified in the city.

A Dirty Job
A team was dispatched, that quickly identified obvious garbage management and rodent infestation issues on-site. Working through the day, they inspected apartments, disposed of improperly handled garbage, set traps, and plugged holes in walls and pipes.

Thwarting the Spread
Leptospirosis is commonly spread via contact with infected rat urine – rarely from person to person. City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett stressed it’s a very rare infection, noting 26 cases in the city since 2006.

What NYC rodent control procedures should you follow to ensure safety? Avoid contact with affected areas. Clean them with a 10% bleach solution, protecting your hands, feet, and eyes with safety gear. Wash your hands after any contact, and contact your local Stern pest control expert for fast rat eradication.