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Address in the Bronx is the Most Rat Infested Building in New York City

And the Most Rat Infested Building Is...
And the Most Rat Infested Building Is…

Years ago when a person was aggravated or exasperated about something, they’d throw up their hands and say “Rats!” Today when someone says the word rats, especially in certain buildings in New York City, it means they’re actually seeing the disease-carrying rodents in their community.

And the Winner Is!

Data by Localize City from public information have declared several buildings in NYC as locations playing “hostess to the mostest” when it comes to the number of annual complaints being called in. While winning a competition is gratifying, in this case, it’s just the opposite.

Residents have kept the 311 phone line busy with complaints about roving rats and open garbage cans. Some of the top locations include Brooklyn’s Crown Heights and the Bronx. One of the worst is Bedford-Stuyvesant who’ve racked up over 1,800 complaints.

The data shows over 28,000 complaints registered regarding rats. The most were lodged in Brooklyn with over 10,000 and in second place, Manhattan with over 6,000. The war on rats is in full swing with the mayor of NYC leading the charge.

As it stands, the city seems to be losing ground while the rats are conducting successful food raids and terrorizing residents from youngsters to senior citizens.

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NYC Reminds Residents “Do Not Feed Rats” They Are a Health Hazard

Slow and Steady, and the Rat Population Grows out of Control.
Slow and Steady, and the Rat Population Grows out of Control.

Some things are just too obvious and that’s the case with the “do not feed rodents” campaign in New York. Mayor de Blasio is at the helm of the campaign to educate New Yorkers about rats in an attempt to get the population under control.

How’s it Working for You?

That’s the question being bantered around as residents of the most affected areas – Brooklyn, Manhattan, and The Bronx – want to know why the city is spending so much time and effort on talking when what residents want is more action.

Currently, PEP officers are spending their time in the city parks speaking to people about the rat population, the importance of not feeding them, and the effect litter is playing as a food source. The job of a PEP officer is to patrol the 30,000 acres that comprise the park area, not educate patrons of obvious information.

While the city did purchase over 300 rat-proof garbage cans, no information has been released noting if the cans made any difference.

A simple suggestion by a resident was instead of wasting a PEP officer’s time, why not increase garbage pick-up times? Seems like a simple enough solution.

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NYC Uses “Rat Ice” as Part of $32 Million Plan to Eradicate Rats

NYC Is Attacking the Rat Population
NYC Is Attacking the Rat Population

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently vowed to reduce the number of rats in the city by 70 percent. Part of his NYC rat control effort involves a newly approved process that uses dry ice to kill rats while they’re in their burrows. The Environmental Protection Agency recently approved this method and it showed promise in tests done last year in a few areas of the city. A test treatment in Chinatown park killed 1,200 rats and reduced the number of rat burrows from 60 down to two.

The dry ice method

Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide. As it melts, it releases carbon dioxide gas rather than liquid. When dry ice is packed into rat burrows, the vermin suffocate on the CO2. The New York Times reported that dry ice was used as a NYC rat control method years ago. The city stopped using it because it was not classified as a pesticide. Officials requested permission from the state to continue using the rat extermination method and worked to fast track federal approval. The E.P.A. recently registered a dry ice product marketed by Bell Laboratories as Rat Ice and approved it for use as a pesticide.

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NYC Rats – Everything is Bigger in the Big Apple!

NYC Rats - Everything is Bigger in the Big Apple!
NYC Rats – Everything is Bigger in the Big Apple!

NYC rat control is a big job – almost as big as the rodents in the crosshairs. Just how big are the rats making up the Big Apple’s rodent population?

Large & In Charge
According to recent research from a doctoral student at Fordham University, some of New York City’s largest rodents are nearly 1 ½ pounds, with some topping the scales at a whopping 2 pounds.

What About Those Giant, Mutant Rats You’ve Heard So Much About?
The study’s leader doesn’t believe there are any 3 pounders, as he’s yet to find evidence of a rodent that rotund. And though much-larger Gambian pouched rats have been found in NYC, they’re believed to be released pets, and not part of an active, breeding population.

The Good News, If Any?
Bigger rats are not more dangerous. And that’s a good thing, because the resident rodent population of NYC’s common species, Rattus norvegicus, tops the charts at a whopping 2 billion according to a 2014 study. Bigger rats are also less commonly out-and-about, leaving their younger progeny to tackle riskier food sources, sticking to their own known and reliable supply.

How Can You Avoid These Supersized Sneaks?
By steering clear of dumpsters and other rat-favored buffet locales – and with a proactive prevention and treatment program.

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NYC Region Rat Problems – a Warning for Other Metro Regions

You Know the Subway You Take to Work Everyday? You're Not Alone. Rats Find it a Useful Commodity as Well.
You Know the Subway You Take to Work Everyday? You’re Not Alone. Rats Find it a Useful Commodity as Well.

Be proactive, not reactive—that’s the advice of Dr. Manny Alvarez in regards to local officials around the country facing rat infestations. In the Bronx, one person has died this year and two more fallen ill due to leptospirosis spread by rats.

NYC rat control services face a constant barrage of reports. Keeping the population in check will always be important. When rats nest in restaurants, apartment buildings, or homes, they inevitably spread bacteria and viruses everywhere they crawl and leave waste.

Dr. Alvarez likens the potential of a leptiospira bacteria outbreak to the 14th century plague. Rats spread bacteria by carrying infected fleas, passing infected bodily fluids into human areas, and also by biting people.

Leptospirosis poses health risks including:

• Joint and muscle pain

• Gastrointestinal distress

• Flu-like symptoms, chill, fever, fatigue, sore throat

• Kidney and liver damage, meningitis

• Potential death

• Illness in dogs, too

How People and City Officials Should React

Illness spread by rats does not happen randomly. Outbreaks occur geographically, with many people in a neighborhood or even on the same city block getting sick. That’s why NYC rat control must respond aggressively when dangerous pathogens like leptospira have been found; possibly treating ground zero of an epidemic.

Other metro areas should watch out for growing rat problems and take action. In the city, businesses and property managers need to bring in professional NYC rat control to fight infestations at the local level.