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Friday, May 8, 2015
The city has a rodent problem and Mayor de Blasio's has a plan.
The city’s rat problem is older than the grid, but what makes Mayor de Blasio's new plan different than other rat-busting efforts is it aims to go after the rodents in their nests.
The city will now stake out areas that have high rodent populations - based on their research - and then trace the critters back to their hangout spots, which scientists call “reservoirs”. Typical reservoirs include parks, playgrounds and sewers.
Mayor de Blasio announced that he’s beefing up a successful pilot program aimed at ridding the vermin from seven neighborhoods with $3 million to make it permanent and allow it to expand citywide. Those neighborhoods that benefited from the pilot program last year saw a 80-90% decrease in rat sightings. Better garbage disposal control also played a role in decreasing rats from neighborhoods.
This little guy was spotted in the Times Square subway. Let's hope Midtown is one of the neighborhoods in the expansion of the program.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
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