The Detroit Free Press reported on an attempt by the city of Livonia, Michigan to educate citizens on how to make their property less prone to rat infestations. The video is pretty humorous and has a lot of easy to implement common sense ideas.
The video has only been viewed 551 times (as of October 14, 2016) so it doesn’t look like the locals are very interested.
The news has been reporting on the growing rat problem in Livonia for at least two years with many people believing that the infestation was started by construction projects.
The local Fox News station reported on a neighborhood rat infestation that is getting out of control. The infestation seems to be originating from an abandoned house in the neighborhood. While residents are trying to combat the growing rodent population many are considering moving. Local officials are trying to kill the rats through baiting programs but the results to date have not been satisfactory.
The local NBC affiliate has continued reporting on the rat explosion in Chicago. The growing Chicago rat problem (possibly a result of a mild winter) resulted in over 13,000 rat complaints being filed with the city over the three months of summer.
Rats do not care about race or income class. The infestation has spread throughout all neighborhoods in the city.
The Chicago authorities are utilizing some novel approaches to try to contain the infestation. In addition to standard trapping and baiting techniques they are also experimenting with suffocating large populations with dry ice as well as baiting with chemicals designed to advance rat menopause to disrupt breeding cycles.
New York, New York
The New York Times reported on an novel idea to create a one acre underground park. The park, to be located at an abandoned trolley terminal, would be the first underground park in the world. Significant engineering challenges will exist to provide sufficient sunlight and ventilation. In addition there will need to be strict sanitation protocols put in place to prevent the city’s massive rat population from claiming the park for themselves.
People Magazine has reported on a newly released “horror documentary” about the rats of New York City. The Jaws inspired documentary is based upon Robert Sullivan’s best-selling book about the rats of New York City, Rat.
DNAInfo has an interesting article about the Javits Center utilizing feral cats to keep rats at bay. The program utilizes four animals from the Feral Cat Initiate which have been vaccinated and spayed or neutered. This simple but elegant solution helps the Javits Center meet their sustainability goals by avoiding the use of poisons.