New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced a $32 million plan to reduce the rat population by 70 percent in the city’s three most infested neighborhoods by the end of 2018… maybe.
The plan involves covering dirt floors at scores of public housing buildings and deploying 336 new rat-proof garbage bins that compact trash using solar power and cost $7,000 a piece. The solar powered bins look more like mail boxes than traditional trash bins, though the city says they’ve contributed to a 90 percent reduction in rats in places where they’ve been “fully deployed.” The city already has 1,100 such bins around the city.
In addition to the pricey bins, the plan calls for a new process to kill rats in their burrows using dry ice. In one Chinatown park, packing burrows with dry ice resulted in the deaths of 1,200 rats — suffocated by the release of carbon dioxide — and a reduction of rat burrows from 60 to two, officials said.
Over the upcoming months, the plan will be rolled out in three rodent hot spots across the city. Residents of the Grand Concourse neighborhood in the Bronx; the East Village, Lower East Side, and Chinatown in Manhattan; and Brooklyn’s Bushwick and Bed-Stuy neighborhoods will be the first to notice the change. The new plan also calls for the City Council to pass legislation requiring medium and large buildings in the targeted areas to put out their trash for pickup early in the morning, ridding sidewalks of the overnight trash mounds that attract vermin.
New Yorkers, reported more than 17,200 rat sightings to 311 system last year, up from 12,600 in 2014. More than 10,000 complaints have come in so far this year. Tired of avoiding the rats living around your way? Give us a call today.