“This rat infestation problem is something that is becoming too pervasive,” Adams said, referencing thousands of complaints from Brooklyn residents about rats in 2018, New York Daily News reported.
“It causes diseases, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and other problems to everyday Brooklynites: rats biting our children, rats inside households — just a real problem with rats in the city,” he continued.
New York City has a new plan to tackle its rat problem: Drowning them in a tank of alcohol https://t.co/1qNIE8KTh1
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“When you look at the mechanism, you see why this cost-effective, humane treatment has shown us the way to really address this issue of rat infestation in the city,” Adams added.
A description of the box reads on Rat Trap Inc.’s website reads, “The rodent feels safe and secure within the device. The transparent cover provides natural light. The natural, non-toxic solution in the tank renders the rodent instantly unconscious.”
The city, which is the third-most rat-infested city in the U.S., according to a 2017-2018 Orkin study, introduced a $32 million program to cut its rat population by 70% by 2018 in 2017.
“We refuse to accept rats as a normal part of living in New York City,” Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a 2017 statement, but rats have persisted in their occupation of the city, NYT reported.
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