Headlines have recently reported the increasing number of rats moving to Brooklyn. The upscaled popularity of the borough seems to be attracting more than millionaires!
With the hopes of curtailing New York’s rat problem once and for all, Mayor de Blasio is spending $3 million on a citywide rodent-extermination plan. Our rats have been battle-hardened since the city was born so it will take a citywide, every person doing their part, push to make a dent.
Rodent complaints surged 19 percent citywide from 20,545 complaints to 24,374. You too, can complain about rats by calling 311. Or http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2374/rodent-complaint to report rat sightings.
The highest number of rat calls in the city came from Brooklyn with 7,842, Bronx had the second-highest with 5,573, Manhattan had 5,508 complaints, followed by Queens with 3,987 and Staten Island with 1,197.
The most complaints came from residents of 335 E 148th St. Called, Bronx’s Rat Central, they set the record for the most rodent complaints at a single address by calling the city’s complaint hot line 131 times this year.
Rats are popular these days; gaining celebrity on social media. Complete with commentary and lots of high pitched screeching these rat videos can actually get you to admire the critters.
There’s the pigeon killing rat caught on video in Brooklyn. In broad daylight, this rat caught an injured pigeon by the neck and dragged it a few feet. The pigeon freed itself but the rat gave chase, showed a fearless determination, and finished the job. John Freund recorded the encounter in Williamsburg and posted the clip to YouTube last year — but the video suddenly went viral this week.
Rats in New York are now being given names for their notoriety, like Pizza Rat. A bold undetered vermin who carried a slice of pepperoni pizza down a flight of subway stairs. Then there is McDonald’s Rat. This guy caused all sorts of problems for the food chain in Thailand when its behavior went viral. We topped that, though, with Subway Rat. Not the normal commute that day when this rat came on board with all of the other passengers.
The video that really peaked our yuck factor was Selfie Rat. A rat crawled into the lap of a man sleeping on the subway platform and took a picture of itself with the man’s phone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CvWXG8gqEU
If you need more! You can take a tour with Motherboard and a Rodentologist to Columbia Park in Chinatown and learn all about rats.
How You Can Help:
- Keep food waste really well contained.
- Place household waste at curbside as close as possible to pickup times.
- Use the new really cool solar powered waste compacting and signaling receptacles, that the Sanitation Department gave us, for all of your street trash.
- Never litter food on city streets or sidewalks.
- Report rats or mice where food is served.
- Report rats or mice in sewers, on streets or sidewalks.
- Report rats or mice in public schools.
- Report rats or mice in parks.
- Report rats or mice in public transportation.
- Report a condition that could attract rodents such as trash or food left out.
- Call 311 to report rats or mice in your home or building.
- Unfortunately rats can carry diseases that kill humans or they might actually be able to help pick up after the messier of us! Let’s send these guys packin’.