AM New York – NYC rat complaints up; most reports in Flatbush, Harlem

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From AM New York: Pizza rat has company. Rat complaints to 311 are on the rise, and have been fairly consistently for the last five years. Citywide, there were 10,534 complaints in 2010. But that number rose to 15,272 last year — a 44.98% increase, according to city statistics. See our interactive map here. While a Health Department report released … Read More

NEWSDAY: Rat race: With complaints on rise, NYC redoubles efforts

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From Newsday: To many in New York City, the rats are winning. The city’s complaint hotline is on pace for a record year of rat calls, exceeding the more than 24,000 over each of the last two years. Blistering audits have faulted efforts to fight what one official called a “rat crisis.” And even jaded New Yorkers were both disgusted and a little impressed by … Read More

Pizza Rat Is So Much More Than An Internet Sensation….

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A famous little rat once said, “This is me. I think it’s apparent that I need to rethink my life a little bit.” The rat was the beloved Remy from Disney’s “Ratatouille”, a film about a rodent foodie whose dream was to become a chef alongside humans in the human world. Remy also dreamed of serving up better fare for … Read More

LE Sider Fed up with NYCHA Inaction on Rats, Displays Dog-sized Specimens

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From Bowery Boogie: We’re gonna need a bigger glue trap… Yes, this image sent from a tipster certainly lends credence to the colloquial phrase “rats the size of dogs.” Here on the Lower East Side. Take a moment from your busy routine and scope out this scariness. These enormous river rats were strung up and humiliated over the weekend. That … Read More

Leptospirosis in New York City: A Risk from Rats to Dogs and People

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From Best in Show Daily… In New York City, leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals, is most often spread to both people and dogs from rats, according to a study presented at the 2015 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. “Leptospirosis is caused by bacteria that can be harbored by many different types of animals,” said lead … Read More

D-CON: TAKING AIM AT A WILDLIFE KILLER

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From EarthJustice In December of 2012, an ailing great horned owl was found in Glen Park in San Francisco. Neighbors, who have proudly shared the park with a nesting pair of these owls for 10 years, rushed it to a wildlife rescue facility, where it was dead on arrival—killed by eating a poisoned rodent. Just a month before, hikers found … Read More

In Mystery of Hawk Deaths, Rat Poison Emerges

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From The New York Times: It had the makings of an avian mystery, albeit almost the opposite of that Hitchcockian one. Two red-tailed hawks were found dead, one in Central Park, one just outside. A third died 24 hours after being taken out of the park and sent to a wildlife rehabilitator because concerned park rangers could see that it … Read More

Poisons Used to Kill Rodents Have Safer Alternatives

From Audobon: Clinical assistant professor Maureen Murray of theTufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in central Massachusetts was doing a good job of keeping her emotions under wraps as she clicked through photos of her recent necropsies. But I was watching her eyes as well as her computer screen, and they revealed anguish. Like her colleagues here and at similar … Read More

Poisonous: How Does Rat Poison Affect People?

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From Livestrong: Various rat poisons used to control rodents have potent effects on people if ingested. Many rat poisons contain anticoagulants, which are medications that interfere with blood clotting. As rats have become resistant to poisons, new superwarfarins that are more toxic to both rats and people have been marketed. Several other rat poisons are used by government agencies or … Read More