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Atlantic Yards Neighbors Say Rats Are Invading The Area

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(credit: John Montone/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Neighbors of developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards construction site said cat-sized rodents are invading the streets.

One woman said the city has laid out poison but it hasn’t eliminated the problem plaguing the area around Dean Street and Sixth Avenue.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports: Ratner’s Rats


“The rats are so city slick, they don’t even go by the poison,” she told 1010 WINS’ John Montone. “They don’t eat it.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Barclays Center Construction

Others in the neighborhood said the rats are just average-sized and some claim they haven’t seen any running around.

A construction worker at the project said he’s not sure why people are surprised  by the infestation.

“The same thing happens around your house in the suburbs when you start digging, that’s when termites come up, everything starts moving around,” he said.

According to a report, the Department of Health said it saw an increase in 311 complaints and as a result increased exterminations in affected areas.

A spokesman for the developer said the company has a rodent control plan in effect and it will be assessed.

The Barclays Center, the largest complex of the project and future home of the Nets, is expected to open Sept. 28, 2012.

Have you noticed an increase of rats in the area? Let us know below…

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