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Fri Dec 21, 2018, 04:50 PM

'We are at war': New York's rat crisis made worse by climate change

Rat-related callouts rise as experts say warming temperatures are helping New York’s rats feed and mate longer into the year

The discarded slices of pizza that litter New York’s streets have long fuelled its sizeable population of rats, but now the city’s growing swarm has a new reason to enjoy their home – warming temperatures

City officials have reported an increasing number of calls from residents complaining about rats, and have warned that milder winters are helping them feed and mate longer into the year. And as winters warm up, more frequent outdoor activity by humans is adding to the litter rats thrive upon.

Rat-related complaints have been on the rise over the past four years, with 19,152 calls made to the city last year, an increase of about 10% on 2016. There are no reliable figures on the number of rats in New York – estimates range from 250,000 to tens of millions – but the surge in rat activity has been replicated in other cities. Houston, Washington, Boston and Philadelphia have experienced large increases in calls to pest control.

Veteran anti-rat strategists have, in part, blamed climate change. “It’s a complex issue but we are seeing rat population increases around the world now,” said Bobby Corrigan, a sought-after rat-catching consultant who once spent a week living in a rat-infested barn in Indiana as part of his PhD research.



Even those tasked with killing rats recognize they will never be eliminated from the New York experience. An anonymous advertising copywriter, who calls herself the “Elena Ferrante of rats”, offers an unusual online gifting service where she will exterminate rats for a fee, providing a certificate to mark the kill.

“I don’t have it out for rats. I think they’re pretty impressive,” she told the Guardian. “There’s just too many of them.”

Deutsch, who has caught rats in places as diverse as Arizona and on cruise ships meandering around Europe, said he has developed “a relationship with rats.”

“They are an incredible animal, I admire their ability to adapt to different situations,” he said. “I look at them as a tremendous success.”

Republicans that think climate change is some fucking crock of shit...............maybe in the next congress someone should call some of these exterminators in and explain to the delusional what this means....................New York is going to spend 32 million dollars on this issue alone.....................32 million.................

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Fri Dec 21, 2018, 05:22 PM

1. Restaurants in NYC have had to close due to the increase.

It increased after Hurricane Sandy and never got back to normal. The ones in DC and Philly are as bad as the ones in NYC my relatives tell me. Even in Paris they are all over and travel in huge packs. I have noticed increased mosquitoes for 5 years (and they all bite me 10 months out of the year..uuggg!). Can you imagine what it will be like in 50 years! The famous Pizza Rat will be carrying a whole pie, not just a slice.

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Fri Dec 21, 2018, 05:24 PM

2. Our building superintendent got rid of all the rats in the building easily

He went out and got 4 cats and in less than a month there wasn't a rat to be seen anywhere.

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Fri Dec 21, 2018, 06:02 PM

3. We can get rid of the rats (both types) by voting Democratic

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