From running amok in subway cars to wreaking havoc at gourmet patisseries, rats have long been been one of the (many) less than glamorous parts of living in New York. Apparently, however, things have now gotten so bad that the city is actually going to do something about it.
According to ABC 7, New York's 45-strong pest control brigade is about about to hire nine new employees for its war on vermin. The new employees will be part of a pilot program to attack the city's most infested areas: West Harlem, Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and the South Bronx. Pest control agents will go after rats at their breeding grounds, which include sewers, subways, parks, and dumping areas. And with a budget of $611,000 to work with neighborhood boards and community organizations to distribute poison, they aren't messing around.
Still, with estimates that there are currently two rats for every New Yorker, they have their work cut out for them.
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