New York City rats are of The Norway Rat, or “brown” rat, variety. The average brown rat is 16 inches long and weighs 1 pound, though some do grow to 20 inches and weigh 2 pounds. They usually require only 1 ounce, or 28 grams, of food and water each day to live.
These rats’ abilities include squeezing through holes the size of a quarter, leaping 4 feet sideways, falling 5 stories without injury, treading water for three days (adult rats), and chewing through pipes and cinder block.
New York City rats like to burrow, nest, and hide in soft dirt at ground level or below, and live in colonies, or families of 30 to 50 rats with 9 to a burrow. These rats will live between 100 and 400 feet from their food source, and in their lifetime will rarely travel more than 600 feet from where they are born. You can find out more about New York City’s population at the NYC Rat Information Portal.
In New York City, the rat population is about 25% the size of human population – that’s about 2 million rats! Brown rats live for about 1 year. They begin mating at two or three months old, and produce litters of about a dozen “pups” every two months. Recently, the rat infestation has grown even faster than normal due to budget reductions and wasteful food disposal.
New York City rats carry pathogens that cause serious illness in humans, especially children, including bacteria that cause food poisoning, like Salmonella and E. coli, as well as pathogens that cause serious and sometimes fatal fevers and viruses. Additionally rats carry fleas, lice, and mites that cause serious disease for humans too, and increased exposure to rodent hair, droppings and urine can lead to higher risk of allergies and asthma. Disease is spread when humans or their pets come into contact with rat saliva, urine, or feces.
Rat infestation is a serious and widespread issue in the New York metro area!
In 2014, Animal Planet named New York the “Worst Rat City in the World” and rodentologist Bobby Corrigan called the city “USA’s No. 1 Pestropolis.” As recently as 2013, more than 11,000 inspections citywide failed for active rat signs (ARS) – that’s nearly 12% of ALL initial inspections made on across the five boroughs. Conditions that contribute to the rat infestation include accumulation of garbage, waste material, and water, and garbage that is not kept in tightly covered rat-resistant trash cans – all of which are commonplace in New York City.
New York City and its surrounding areas have endured this serious rat infestation for too long!
According to the Department of Health, rodent baiting is an effective way to wipe out rats in the city Mayor de Blasio has recently worked to improve the situation, declaring a “War on Rats” and rolling out a successful $400,000 rodent control pilot program in seven neighborhoods. Since its start, these neighborhoods saw about an 80 to 90 percent decrease in rat sightings. The City of New York now prepares implementation of the $3 million citywide expansion of this successful rat extermination pilot program
Rats are creatures of opportunity and the smallest of opportunities is all they need to invade your home, your business or your entire neighborhood. The following tips can help you prevent rat infestations, counter-attack new ones and stop them from getting out of hand. If you need a safe, environmentally clean way of getting rid of them, you should contact us right away...
Rodenticides won’t work unless other sources of food are removed. It can also harm dogs, cats, and people. It is possible to eradicate rats in a safe manner that is safe for people and non-target animals.
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