RATS! It’s An Invasion In Manhattan!

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New York City rat infestations are especially acute in Lower Manhattan, where many construction sites disturb their ancient underground nest, some dating back as far as the colonial era, as WCBS 880’s John Metaxas reports from Fulton Street.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s John Metaxas reports

Carlos Vera says he sees the rats in the morning.

“Huge ones, very big ones,” Vera says.

John Metaxas asked him, “How big?”

Vera answered: “Oh my G-d. They look like water rats, like little cats.”

Metaxas then asked if there are more rats than there once were.

“Way much more. I’ve been living here for 19 years. I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Vera.

The city cut back on its pest control workers four months ago, cutting the unit from 84 to 21 workers. Those cuts are being felt on the streets, where the rats seem to be running loose.

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  1. satinee says:

    IT’S A SHAME HOW THEY KEEP TAKING AND TAKING OUR MONEY BUT THEY CLAIM THAT THERE ISN’T ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY PEOPLE TO CONTROL OR ELIMINATE THIS SITUATION!!! AND AS FAR AS MAKING THESE FILTHY, NASTY, DISEASE CARRYING RODENTS AS PETS—NOT!!!!!!!

  2. Rob Moyer says:

    Each citizen that lives in Manhattan, purchases two 6 pack DECON rat poison, each Business purchases 10 6 pack DECON rat poison, and each street vendor purchases a six pack of DECON rat poison. Then the CITY of NY, matches that number, and put them out evenly, and daily for 10 days. NO MORE RAT Issues.

  3. THE Truth says:

    The city will do nothing for you. Keep garbage in the bind and buy traps, set them and snuff out as many as you can. That is all. The only way to control the rat problem. Good Luck

  4. eddie says:

    nyc is full of rats because the people are pigs. they throw their garbage in the streets, in the train platform & tracks. why is everyone suprised?

  5. tbnyc says:

    as a 25 year resident of NYC I know all the rats are downtown on WALL STREET…FILTHY VERMIN

  6. WilliamA says:

    Rat meat is a delicacy in many Ghanaian communities. I advise the city authorities to employ ten rat-meat lovers from Ghana, and allow them to export frozen rats, smoked rats, dressed rats and live rats to Ghana. Besides, they will eat thousands of the rat themselves, and the rat population will decrease dramatically. You may laugh off this suggestion, but I bet you it is the best idea for now. Give it a try for only six months. When it works, continue with it and send me an award!

  7. LS says:

    This has to be a very serious HEALTH issue. Contact your MAYOR or CONGRESS elector. That’s what they get paid those BIG BUCKS for. When they BEG U 4 your votes. I bet you a million dollors. They would not have these NASTY ROTTENS for their neighbors.. PROTEST!!!!!!

  8. KJ says:

    RECYCLE. If you’re going to promote something, at least learn how to spell it. Un-friggin-believable.

  9. Seymour T. Fussbudget says:

    My rat, Guiliani, ran away with the pack!

  10. Karen Kosegi says:

    Better yet, just leave the plastic bags (with food scraps in them) on the curb without any bag, and people wonder why the problem can get worse?

  11. DONNA RUBINO says:

    Rats have been around the city since day one!!! Leave them alone they will not harm you, they make good pets, even better than gerbils or hamsters which will bite you, a rat however will not!! UNLESS THREATENED OR CORNERED

    1. tm says:

      That’s right, Donna, rats aren’t dangerous at all. It’s not as if they carry disease or anything, right? (uh, Bubonic Plague, ever heard of it?) Also, it’s not as if they’re known for like, biting fingers off of helpless babies…..no, really, they make great pets!

    2. Bill says:

      you’re an idiot. 1/3 of Europe died during the dark ages because rats spread disease across Europe.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death

  12. JB says:

    Why did they have to bleep the word GOD?

    1. Kevin says:

      I was wondering the same thing.

    2. Kbenghazi says:

      Possibly because when you say “Oh my G-d” (the unbleeped version) you are taking the Lord’s name in vain which is against the 10 Commandments. Perhaps the author is a believer of The Word and chose not to write it out.

    3. M.C. Falugo says:

      Because they are jewsish. jews do not write the word GOD

  13. Noria Santiago says:

    Recicle. Save the planet. Just use plastic bags with the recicle logo.

    1. Binky says:

      You mean recycle I assume.

  14. brian Collins says:

    Keep using plastic garbage bags and not metal cans with lids and you will never have less rats.

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