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Giant Rats the Size of Rabbits Are Taking Over New York City

[QUOTE]Rats as big as bunnies are roaming the streets in broad daylight, nesting in trees and chewing through car engine wires. “I saw a man on a bench in the rambles swatting them unsuccessfully with a rake.”

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by Anonymousreply 17618 hours ago

Back in the 1950s, my now deceased great aunt, who was the spitting image of Queen Elizabeth the II, btw (weird but true), was sitting on the loo, when a rat scurried up the drain and bit her ass.

Traumatized the poor woman for life.

by Anonymousreply 111/22/2020

Oh, and this happened in Manhattan.

Rats have ruled the city for many decades.

by Anonymousreply 211/22/2020

ANNA!

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by Anonymousreply 311/22/2020

I still can’t believe the size of that monster.

by Anonymousreply 411/22/2020

What a shithole city.

by Anonymousreply 511/22/2020

[QUOTE]Now the rats have moved on to claiming an entire business for their new rat kingdom. A Chipotle on West 169th street has been taken over by a group of hostile, hungry rats who, workers say, are the size of small cats, love biting humans, and enjoy avocados.

[QUOTE]Workers say that the infestation began a few months ago, and that they reported it to management after the first employee was bitten by a rat in October. The restaurant remained open until November 23, however, the New York Post reports, as the rats continued to fatten themselves on delicious, hearty foods such as rice and, yes, ripe green avocados. Four workers in total have been bitten. Eventually, the rats chewed through the wiring of the online ordering system, triggering a total shutdown, a smart tactic clearly intended to declare ownership of the Mexican restaurant.

[QUOTE]Most dystopian is the fact that workers are still returning to the disputed territory to try and quell the siege, by “stomping on them, smacking them with broom handles, dropping boxes on them and various other medieval methods of extermination.” It’s not uncommon in this bloodbath to hear workers simply begin screaming, one said.

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by Anonymousreply 612/09/2020

I thought the Trumps moved out of New York? 😳

by Anonymousreply 712/09/2020

why so many rats in nyc? la doesn't have this problem 😘

by Anonymousreply 812/09/2020

guess the rats fled LA, as LA has much more bigger issues (crime, homelessness, etc.)? 🤔

by Anonymousreply 912/09/2020

You monsters! Why would you want to kill a poor, defenseless little kitten?!

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by Anonymousreply 1012/09/2020

New York doesn't mind huge rats.

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by Anonymousreply 1112/09/2020

The Trumps are obviously moving back.

by Anonymousreply 1212/09/2020

NYC is gross. Don't miss living there for a minute.

by Anonymousreply 1312/09/2020

NYC is actually the giant rat. What a shit city... "if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere" bla bla bla..... should be "if you can be full of shit there, you can be full of shit anywhere"

by Anonymousreply 1412/09/2020

Well, we need stronger leadership. Let’s hear the rats’ policy proposals before dismissing them out of hand.

by Anonymousreply 1512/09/2020

R14 totes, most NYers don't know the pearl de la pearl; London. S much livelier and less of the race divide bull crap

by Anonymousreply 1612/09/2020

R7, they did, but Bill De Blasio hasn't left.

by Anonymousreply 1712/09/2020

I read that NYC's own Pizza Rat is getting a podcast.

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by Anonymousreply 1812/09/2020

[quote] why so many rats in nyc? la doesn't have this problem 😘

In LA the rats are waiting for you on the casting couch. I’ll take the furry squeaking variety any day.

by Anonymousreply 1912/09/2020

Are these outliers or is the average rat size going up, and if so - why? A foreign chemical. It's movie-ready.

"RAT A TAT DIE!"

by Anonymousreply 2012/09/2020

People need to start trapping them, and letting them loose in Trump Tower.

by Anonymousreply 2112/09/2020

"Ratatouille 2: The Tavern on the Green"

by Anonymousreply 2212/09/2020

Los Angeles most certainly does have a rat problem. I've found rodents nesting in my car engines 3 times this past year. I canalso hear them gnawing inside my walls. Depends when one lives I suppose. I'm in the foothills, surrounded by nature.

by Anonymousreply 2312/09/2020

I've been to New York many times. I like the museums but it is so overrated and dirty. so dirty.

by Anonymousreply 2412/09/2020

I always enjoy NYC buy have never lived there. Why is it so dirty; I was shocked the first time I went. It has to simply be density, right? Chicago is much cleaner, but the area of the city that is as population dense as NYC isn't that big.

by Anonymousreply 2512/09/2020

They're huge, nearly life size.

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by Anonymousreply 2612/09/2020

A rabbit-sized rat isn’t that big! Jerez, I’ve seen them bigger than that out in the far subway tunnels.

by Anonymousreply 2712/09/2020

Yes, nothing new.

by Anonymousreply 2812/09/2020

"Good vermin on both sides."

by Anonymousreply 2912/09/2020

I'm gunna raise me some rats as big as ya head!

by Anonymousreply 3012/09/2020

I'm in northern California (Sacramento). I grew up here in the 70s and '80s and live in the same nice neighborhood. We didn't really have a rat problem. You certainly never saw them. When I moved back after years away (including 15 in Chicago where I saw plenty of them), I was surprised to spot them here.

We had a construction boom over the last couple of decades, especially the the last 10 years or so and lots of rat nests (and coyote dens) got disturbed. The rats dispersed to other parts of town. You began to see those heavy plastic bait boxes everywhere. . To compound the problem, the homeless leave enormous quantities of uneaten food strewn everywhere. The rats and coyotes feast.

Last year a utility pole near my back yard started smoldering one drizzly day. Apparently, the power couldn't be turned off and the Fire Department couldn't do anything to put the fire out. The surrounding homes had to be evacuated in case the pole toppled and electrified the ground. The suspect? A rat that chewed through the wiring overnight.

At least they're not thigh sized here.

by Anonymousreply 3112/09/2020

I’m not sure I’d eat the tacos in that Chipotle, R6...

by Anonymousreply 3212/09/2020

In Los An"Ga"Leez, (ugh!) we have citrus rats. Aka roof rats.

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by Anonymousreply 3312/09/2020

The Chipotle infestation is truly vile.

by Anonymousreply 3412/09/2020

Once tourists come back, we reopen Autumn Harvest buffet and rat population go down again.

by Anonymousreply 3512/09/2020

The reporter who wrote up the bit about the Chipotle is failing in their duty as a citizen, if they don't turn over the location of that particular Chipotle to the NYC health department. A place like that should not be open and serving food to an unsuspecting public.

by Anonymousreply 3612/09/2020

What's particularly awful is that they didn't close for fumigation and sanitation until the rats had chewed through the wiring in their computer system and they couldn't take orders anymore! 😲

by Anonymousreply 3712/09/2020

This is a common story in newspapers & magazines. I knew some NY writers in the 90s, so I was quoted in various articles about rats “taking over NYC,” which was a subject that was recycled at least once a year.

Rats are always in NYC. Their population rises and falls due to food supply, floods, cold weather, predation, etc. They have favorite areas - yes, subway tunnels are a big favorite for rats. They instinctively go underground. Anywhere there is soft dirt is a fun spot for rats, so if you live near a cemetery in NYC, you've got rats living near you. Not because they eat buried bodies but because soft dirt = easy to dig, easy to make tunnels & nests. A food source like a restaurant will bring rats. Bird feeders can bring rats. Abandoned buildings. Summer houses are a fun winter abode for rats.

Just because you see a lot of rats doesn’t mean the earth is being “taken over.” It could mean a food source has been removed, like a restaurants closing down. Or a tunnel has been flooded. Or poison has been put somewhere and the rats are disoriented & dying. Or an infested building was torn down. You will see rats because they are out in the open looking for new housing or for food that’s no longer close to their nests.

Rats are out looking for food now because fewer people are out on the street during the pandemic. NYers are pigs and will just throw food they’re finished eating in the street and the garbage pails on the streets are overflowing. Notice you always see pigeons scrabbling around in the dirt under trees as you walk down the street. And you’ll see crumbs, bits of muffins or rolls or the ends of a sandwich under the trees. That’s why pigeons are there. Well, when pigeons go to bed, the rats come out & eat whatever is left. Since the pandemic, far fewer people are outside walking, so there’s far less edible litter. Nobody is eating as they walk down the street. They’ve got masks on.

So rats are traveling to find food and there’s more competition from other rats for the scraps that are out there. You’re gonna see more rats in some places. It’s normal. But a lot of those rats are goung to die of starvation, so the city won’t be taken over anytime soon.

by Anonymousreply 3812/09/2020

It's in the Heights and it is sickening to read about.

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by Anonymousreply 3912/09/2020

I need me some tougher rats.

by Anonymousreply 4012/09/2020

After reading this thread I am in need of a fainting couch.

by Anonymousreply 4112/09/2020

Breaking: Mayor de Blasio plans to release 100,000 snakes to eat all the rats.

by Anonymousreply 4212/09/2020

Omfg

by Anonymousreply 4312/09/2020

Florida has plenty of pythons who could take of those rats.

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by Anonymousreply 4412/09/2020

Do humpback whales eat rats?

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by Anonymousreply 4512/09/2020

R39 - on more than one occasion in April / May of the pandemic I saw obviously starving rats slowly dragging themselves around Hell’s Kitchen in the middle of the day.

by Anonymousreply 4612/09/2020

The Duke would know how to fix New York

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by Anonymousreply 4712/09/2020

We should start eating them, as we do with lobsters.

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by Anonymousreply 4812/09/2020

Are they from Sumatra?

by Anonymousreply 4912/09/2020

These are the ones from Suatra

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by Anonymousreply 5012/09/2020

I've seen evidence of rats on the leftover pumpkin displays from Halloween and Thanksgiving. Bite marks, which become more numerous, every time I pass by on my walks.

At least the rats are getting their Vitamin A and fiber needs met.

I've seen those plastic bait boxes, mentioned above, at various points south of City Hall here in Philly. Occasionally one will have been destroyed, plastic shards and bait strewn over the sidewalk. Is this being done by animal lovers, just for kicks or are rats strong enough to smash them looking for food?

by Anonymousreply 5112/09/2020

I've seen numerous rats destroy those black rodent boxes, plastic shards everywhere.

by Anonymousreply 5212/09/2020

I hate that our ignore function doesn't function. I would love to ignore this thread, but it just returns. I dry heave every time I see OP's link to the super rat.

by Anonymousreply 5312/09/2020

[Quote]I've seen those plastic bait boxes, mentioned above, at various points south of City Hall here in Philly. Occasionally one will have been destroyed, plastic shards and bait strewn over the sidewalk

Oh, goodness! No eve of destruction decimated boxes in N. Cal , but I suppose that might be next. It sounds like E. Coast dwelling rats are not only smaller, but less aggressive?

by Anonymousreply 5412/09/2020

Correction:

It sounds like WEST Coast dwelling rats are not only smaller, but less aggressive? Late...

by Anonymousreply 5512/09/2020

Could some of these be opossums? They look very much like rats.

by Anonymousreply 5612/09/2020

I got attacked by a rat in rodeo. They are very sophisticated and love french food. Who knew?

by Anonymousreply 5712/09/2020

[QUOTE] I've seen those plastic bait boxes, mentioned above, at various points south of City Hall here in Philly. Occasionally one will have been destroyed, plastic shards and bait strewn over the sidewalk. Is this being done by animal lovers, just for kicks or are rats strong enough to smash them looking for food?

[QUOTE] I've seen numerous rats destroy those black rodent boxes, plastic shards everywhere.

Jesus, these monstrous mutant rats might be unstoppable.

by Anonymousreply 5812/09/2020

r56 I see an opossum occasionally, they seem to favor wet places: dripping hydrants, rain puddles, jettisoned fast food drinks, etc. If rats ever get THAT size, I'm never going out again.

I think even Granny Clampett would be amazed.

by Anonymousreply 5912/09/2020

Nyc always has had these giant rats. Something must have caused their population explosion.

by Anonymousreply 6012/09/2020

Several things are going on all over NYC atm that has lead to an increase in rat sightings, and or actual population.

First and foremost the nearly two decade long construction boom has lead to countless buildings being demolished and or ground dug up. Both situations disturb rats who normally live underground, and or in buildings.

Next NYC is fast becoming a subtropical climate, we just don't get winters with prolonged periods of cold or freezing temps anymore. Rats will breed long as temps remain above freezing long as other conditions are favorable. Several years ago we had a really bad winter with bitter cold average temps for several weeks. Rat population along with other wildlife declined as a result.

The other main part of all this is human activity. They don't call certain species of rats and mice "commensal rodents" for no reason.

All over city from subways to above ground there is simply tons of food for rats and mice to eat. From the deluded idiots who pour bags of birdseed on streets to "feed the pigeons" to people who throw half or not eaten food on ground in streets and parks. Then there is fact both residential and commercial garbage is placed on NYC streets in plastic bin liners. Those bags (or even not rodent proof trash cans or containers) are like a open buffet for rats and mice.

If those trash bags aren't at curb they are adjacent, near buildings if not in basements or other areas. Again where ever you store trash you'll soon have a rodent problem if you don't look out.

Roots for this all began when city banned incinerators and buildings from burning trash (those chutes you still see in many buildings once lead to incinerators). The plan was to then increase trash collection to three times per week at least so buildings in theory wouldn't have to store rubbish for more than a few days. It hasn't worked out well for many reasons.

First even a small brownstone or five story walk-up multifamily generates plenty of trash on a daily basis. Even brownstones or row houses occupied by a single family generates lots of garbage. It all is again stored in or near buildings which attract rats. They come up from storm sewers, cracks in pavement or curb, tree beds, etc... and make a bee line for food.

Unlike mice who can get water from their food sources rats must drink. The Norway rat tends to live near sources of water for that reason. In many parts of Manhattan and elsewhere there are long ago buried streams, ponds, and other places where water is easily found. For those living on Fifth Avenue of CPW rats from Central Park are a constant menace. The park is full of rats because as a natural area it provides them with everything they need (food, water, shelter), but they frequently will cross over either avenue to the properties along same.

From about low sixties to well into 80's or 90's on CPS and blocks going towards Columbus there are tons of rats. You walk up CPW from 72nd and notice nearly every building has rat bait stations or traps in the planting beds in front.

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by Anonymousreply 6112/10/2020

There have been some success stories in city of late regarding war on rats.

A group of concerned citizens cleaned up and restored Verdi Park at 72nd street by first getting rid of a really bad rat problem.

Verdi Park of course sits above 72nd street subway station and most subway lines in Manhattan are infested with rats. It only takes a few to learn their way "up" to begin an infestation of anything above. This is again reason why buildings along CPW have a huge problem with rats, the 8th avenue subway runs under Central Park West.

If you've ever taken subway along that stretch of CPW you know soon as you get below grade can see, hear and smell water. It comes down from in or along Central Park, plus whatever drains and other devices are on streets or in system to remove water. Again rats love/need water....

by Anonymousreply 6212/10/2020

Finally the other reason rats are getting out of control lately is due to covid-19.

With so many restaurants and other places that prepare/serve food closed rats that normally confine their territory to a particular area now find there isn't food. So they start branching out in search of what they can find.

It isn't just places you normally assume either; all those Starbucks, Maison Kayser, pizza joins and other similar places that sold various "fast" sort of food (and threw tons of it away nightly), have closed or scaled things back.

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by Anonymousreply 6312/10/2020

How about placing rubbish in containers with lids like every other city in America. Why do restaurants and stores leave refuse on the sidewalk - in trash BAGS. Is NYC that behind the times? HELLO...you need to put your shit in a trash bin with a lid!

by Anonymousreply 6412/10/2020

Use science and make these rats infertile. When they can't breed they will die off.

by Anonymousreply 6512/10/2020

Years ago all trash had to go out in metal containers with tight fitting lids. True some buildings/households didn't and in certain areas that was more common than others, hence those areas also had high rat infestation problems.

After city banned incarceration it soon compounded the problem by allowing households and businesses to throw away trash in plastic bags.

Part of this was due to complaints by residents of the noise DSNY made when picking up and heaving those metal cans all over. Later another more economic reason came about, sanitation could move from three man crews (one man driving with two men picking up trash), to two men crews.

So now you have lots of commercial (especially from supermarkets, food places, etc...) and residential trash left at curb or near/in buildings in nothing but plastic bags that are no match for rat's teeth. Have walked down blocks to see trash bags "moving" due to rat activity inside. Looks like a bunch of puppies fighting under a blanket.

by Anonymousreply 6612/10/2020

R65

They're trying something like that already......

Problem with aiming to control rats by any sort of bait poison is getting them to consume the stuff is often no easy feat.

Rats cannot vomit, so they are cautious about new foods. They nibble at something then move on; if they begin to feel ill (but don't die) they won't touch that bait again. Worse the affected rat will pee on said bait as warning to others. If a rat does die of a certain bait if others smell it on the carcass they won't eat it either.

Thus the more effective rodent baits are those which are slow acting, thus rat will consume a lethal or whatever dose while not feeling any tell tale signs of illness. When it does die it is usually at nest or somewhere away from where bait was placed so other rats don't make the connection.

Of course there are fast killing poisons, but they also have a nasty habit of killing other animals and or humans. Strychnine, arsenic, thallium, and some other equally nasty substances were all once (and still used in many parts of world) as rodentcides. You could pop round to local chemists and ask for some arsenic to deal with rats that were keeping you up at night (like M. Bovary), and off yourself, your husband, father or anyone else.

by Anonymousreply 6712/10/2020

R67. Can you refer good chemist?

by Anonymousreply 6812/10/2020

If people would just befriend the furry little fellows, take them in, feed them and look after them, this problem wouldn't happen. New Yorkers are so cold.

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by Anonymousreply 6912/10/2020

Light weights

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by Anonymousreply 7012/10/2020

r67 The slow-acting type of poison you mention is how D-Con works, it's active ingredient is warfarin/coumadin, an anti-coagulant. Sounds nasty and messy, but mice and rats always seem to go for it.

I seem to recall, some years ago, of a rodenticide that interfered with the rat's aborption/use of Vitamin D. After consumption the rat's bones begin to soften and the little bastard ultimately collapses.

I'm sure the big pest control companies don't want any sort of birth control product for rodents. I fear for the scientist who comes up with one, they'd take him out in a heartbeat. Kinda' like that guy who figured out how to make a water-powered internal combustion engine for automobiles. I wonder whatever became of him???

by Anonymousreply 7112/10/2020

Exterminator buddy once told me almost every building in NYC has mice or rats in at least the basements, especially if there is any sort of food service in building.

That is one reason I never have nor will live above a restaurant, supermarket, deli, or any place else that sells food.

Why do you think all those bodegas have cats on premises?????????????

by Anonymousreply 7212/10/2020

[quote] Do humpback whales eat rats?

I have caught fish that had a whole mouse in its stomach

by Anonymousreply 7312/10/2020

Am I the only one who thinks rats are cute? There has to be another way to take care of them without killing them.

by Anonymousreply 7412/10/2020

If there ever was a post that cries out for pictures, yours is it, r73.

by Anonymousreply 7512/10/2020

New York is ours, bitches.

by Anonymousreply 7612/10/2020

Love them as a child would and they will befriend you.

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by Anonymousreply 7712/10/2020

R18, why? Are they also being molested by us limousine liberals and our queen Hillz?

And let’s not forget Tom Hanks. He LOVES his rats YOUNG.

by Anonymousreply 7812/10/2020

R21 - they are all booked in terms of rats.

by Anonymousreply 7912/10/2020

Historical tidbit: Bellevue hospital once was known as "Rat Hospital" because the place was infested with vermin.

Until city forced all shipping to west side there were docks along East River from Whitehall Street up to UES, and where you have ships and water, you'll get rats. That is how the Norway rat arrived in NYC, Boston, all over USA and really was exported around the world, via ships.

Until landfill added mass (which created among other things FDR Drive), Bellevue hospital was right up against the shoreline. Human activity being a huge draw for rats they soon set up camp and have never wholly left area. Even today parts of East Village and Lower East Side are heavily infested with rat colonies.

Other interesting tidbit is that recent DNA testing showed rats in NYC don't move around much as many would believe. Rats in an area of say LES are genetically different than those say in Harlem, versus those in Chelsea, etc.... This likely means rats in these areas are descendants of original vermin who arrived many generations ago.

Yes sewers, subway tunnels and tons of other things underground allow rats to travel rather easily undetected. But rats are also territorial creatures. One or more can only move into a new area if there aren't already other rats of same species present. If they are then there will be a turf war with resident rats seeking to repel invaders.

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by Anonymousreply 8012/10/2020

More:

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by Anonymousreply 8112/10/2020

When you get down to it virtually all cities/urban areas built along, above, adjacent or whatever to bodies of water have rat problems.

London, Paris, Boston, San Francisco, Denver, etc... all are areas built near, around or above bodies of water. Rats arrived on ships, barges or other means, and or hitched rides in cargo shipped on trains or other means.

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by Anonymousreply 8212/10/2020

now they are walking on two legs with a boner :o

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by Anonymousreply 8304/28/2021

The people living on the UWS are heartless and cruel. They deserve to see biblical plagues cast upon their neighborhood.

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by Anonymousreply 8404/28/2021

Saw a big ‘un on East 83rd yesterday. With his legs in the air, it was kind of funny. There’s a new building going up across the street, I assume it’s where it came from.

by Anonymousreply 8504/28/2021

R85, that rat is a straight up WHORE!

by Anonymousreply 8604/28/2021

I'll never forget when that Mike guy on Dirty Jobs went in the sewer system in San Fran and there were tons of rats. Unsurprising - the kicker was that many were covered with roaches.

by Anonymousreply 8704/28/2021

One of the true blessings of the Covid crisis was that mean, dumb cunts like the ones on this thread didn't come to NYC and complain about it all the time.

Please don't come back. We don't need you. Stay wherever it is you are and never leave.

by Anonymousreply 8804/28/2021

A massive failure of imagination on behalf of the NY Post and its inability to find a way to blame black people.

Or Kamala Harris.

Or gender-neutral Mr. Potato Head.

by Anonymousreply 8904/28/2021

And?

by Anonymousreply 9004/28/2021

R89, what does the Post blame black people for, aside from things they actually do (like stomp on Asian people's heads)?

by Anonymousreply 9104/28/2021

Recently they tried to blame a black person (Kamala Harris) for inserting her book into welcome bags for all refugees and profiting off it. That was a lie.

by Anonymousreply 9204/28/2021

[quote][R89], what does the Post blame black people for, aside from things they actually do (like stomp on Asian people's heads)?

Bitch I'm not here to do your research for you. They've demonized black people for at the past 40 years.

Thanks for poking your racist little head out for blocking though. Bye bye cracker.

by Anonymousreply 9304/28/2021

Which Trump is that in the picture?

by Anonymousreply 9404/28/2021

We are also reading your mail, looking at your pictures and laughing at you, bitches.

by Anonymousreply 9504/28/2021

just had the rat exterminator pass by

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by Anonymousreply 9604/28/2021

It's like that Sherlock Holmes story, The Giant Rat of Sinatra!

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by Anonymousreply 9704/28/2021

If that rats are now that big, how big are the rabbits then?

by Anonymousreply 9804/28/2021

Shouldn't that be The Giant Rat Pack of Sinatra?

by Anonymousreply 9904/28/2021

the biggest rats are the government and the big tech corporations

by Anonymousreply 10004/28/2021

You didn't include the best part, r6: "There is no stopping a rat who has figured out they don’t have to pay extra for guacamole, not anymore, not ever."

by Anonymousreply 10104/29/2021

[quote]why so many rats in nyc? la doesn't have this problem 😘

You must not live here.

by Anonymousreply 10204/29/2021

[quote]guess the rats fled LA, as LA has much more bigger issues (crime, homelessness, etc.)?🤔

Yeah, crime and homelessness is absolutely not a thing in NY!

Also -- "much more bigger"?

by Anonymousreply 10304/29/2021

R102 The most disturbing thing I discovered moving to LA was that rats nest at the top of Palm Trees and some of them live their whole lives there. Others can drop out of the trees and land on you. Those Palm Trees lost their beauty and romanticism very quickly.

by Anonymousreply 10404/29/2021

Why don't they introduce a bunch of foxes into Central Park?

by Anonymousreply 10504/29/2021

Foxes and coyotes eat small dogs and cats. They are easier to catch. People's pets disappear and they don't know why. Don't let them outside. Coyotes and foxes are gobbling them up in Austin. It possible they could eat close to100 cats. kittens. dogs and puppies a day. It's horrible.

by Anonymousreply 10604/29/2021

R105 Secondary poisoning can occur when carnivores eat rats that may have ingested poison.

by Anonymousreply 10704/29/2021

Minks and ferrets are very effective rat catchers. They can get into places Foxes and Coyotes can't. They also go after pets, too. They have discovered that raccoons and rats cooperate and divide up territories. They will also share food.

by Anonymousreply 10804/29/2021

People in rat-infested cities should own terriers (substantial ones, not the useless designer/teacup/-poo ones). They're natural rat killers, and they really LOVE their work!

by Anonymousreply 10904/29/2021

Cats don't really care about killing vermin. But rat terriers are OBSESSED with killing rats.

by Anonymousreply 11004/29/2021

why don't you just eat the rats yourselves? it appears to be a delicacy in some countries....

by Anonymousreply 11104/30/2021

NY cats have better things to do

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by Anonymousreply 11204/30/2021

Florida cats

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obsessive compulsive cats

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LA cats

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vegan cat

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by Anonymousreply 11604/30/2021

R36 that takes me back. As a teen, I ended up anonymously reporting the local bakery I worked at to the Health & Safety authorities because it was crawling with rats.

Now these were only small country-town riverside rats, clean and brown and the size of tennis ball. But there were tons of them, and you can’t have that around food.

It’s a nightmare to work a physically-taxing full day in food-service on your feet, and also constantly be on psychological alert for something crawling over a counter or up a an oven-side. I could not relax for a single minute while at work, and it put me off eating food outside of work too.

And I was ostensibly the first one to spot them, too—my much-older coworker at the time insisted she couldn’t see them and thought I was seeing them or making it up (she was probably covering her ass, but there again her eyesight was poor and she wasn’t observant as a personality).

To this day, I’m not sure whether my former employers (now ‘retired’) ever figured out who reported them.

by Anonymousreply 11704/30/2021

California cat

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Russian cats

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Belgian cats who were tossed from the tower in Spring.

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by Anonymousreply 12004/30/2021

[quote]NY cats have better things to do

Indeed they do!

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by Anonymousreply 12104/30/2021

Shhhh! My cat is already paranoid!

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by Anonymousreply 12204/30/2021

Our neighborhood experienced a minor rat infestation, you started seeing all those rat traps everywhere. Two things helped. First, a colony of feral cats moved in and feasted. Then hawks bomb-dived the rats and carried them away. To see a hawk flying away with the little guy in his claws was kind of sad.

My own cat, Nube, started killing them, too, leading to horrific fights to get the carcass away from her so she wouldn't eat it. While I threw most away triple-wrapped in plastic in closed garbage containers, she left one corpse on the porch. A strange bird showed up and after googling it, I realized it was a vulture! I shooed it away and disposed of the body myself.

The circle of life. The rats have moved on.

by Anonymousreply 12304/30/2021

The rats are sick of hiding, their all coming out now.

by Anonymousreply 12404/30/2021

Where is Mrs. Frisby when you need her, she always kept them organized and in line.

by Anonymousreply 12504/30/2021

So, anywhere else, these would be Rodents of Unusual Size?

by Anonymousreply 12604/30/2021

Norwegian cats

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by Anonymousreply 12705/03/2021

vegetarian cat

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by Anonymousreply 12805/03/2021

I can remember back in the day I was getting a blow job in the Ramble and a rat ran up to me. I think it was looking to get a taste of my load.

by Anonymousreply 12905/03/2021

[quote] Now these were only small country-town riverside rats, clean and brown and the size of tennis ball. But there were tons of them, and you can’t have that around food.

Clean?

by Anonymousreply 13005/03/2021

Harlem rat exterminator

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by Anonymousreply 13105/03/2021

R130 ‘clean’, relatively-speaking. A rural rat is not going to be quite such an extreme vector for disease as an urbane one. Still to be approached with caution, though.

by Anonymousreply 13205/03/2021

I want to know the dumbass was who came up with the idea to import possum to control the rat population because we deal with both now. Did it not occur to them that possum fuck and reproduce? I fortunately never see rats in my part of Brooklyn, but I see possum on my cameras overnight. Now I'm seeing raccoons, too.

You'd think I was living in PA at this point.

by Anonymousreply 13305/03/2021

who* the dumbass

by Anonymousreply 13405/03/2021

r133 - yes possums mate and have babies.

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by Anonymousreply 13505/03/2021

Where oh where are all the chonky cats when ya need em?

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by Anonymousreply 13605/03/2021

But possums are highly unlikely to carry and transmit rabies.

by Anonymousreply 13705/03/2021

R137, but they're ugly as sin.

by Anonymousreply 13805/03/2021

R138 Not to all of us!

by Anonymousreply 13905/03/2021

NY needs this breed of cat

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by Anonymousreply 14005/03/2021

catman with his catmobile

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by Anonymousreply 14105/03/2021

maybe these are better candidates for the catman vacancy

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by Anonymousreply 14205/03/2021

try this assassin

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by Anonymousreply 14305/04/2021

The city needs squads of Rat terriers. RT will fall over dead from exhaustion before they could ignore a rat. They are obsessed little dogs.

by Anonymousreply 14405/04/2021

A rat's enemy

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by Anonymousreply 14505/04/2021

More birds of prey released in the parks!

by Anonymousreply 14605/04/2021

My uncle would take his rat terrier to a different farm every Sunday. The dog would kill rats in the barn all afternoon, he never ate them like some of the dogs in the video. When my uncle was ready to go home the farmer would feed the dog a plate of mashed potatoes and Buddy would sleep like the dead in the backseat of the car. He was a celebrity in the farming community because he piled his rats as he killed them.

by Anonymousreply 14705/04/2021

They have one, R144! (they need more)

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by Anonymousreply 14805/04/2021

r146

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by Anonymousreply 14905/04/2021

R148, I would pay higher taxes if they hired tons of those people who actually got rid of them.

by Anonymousreply 150Last Wednesday at 8:55 AM

There's a guy in Utah who trains MINKS and dogs (working together) to perform rat-eradication on farms & ranches. The mink flush the rats out of their burrows/holes/tight spaces, and the dogs kill them as they flee (but don't eat them). The mink are trained to bring any rats they kill out of the holes/burrows, and "cache" them in a special box that he built. It's kind of amazing.

Perhaps Mayor DeBlasio should give him a call.

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by Anonymousreply 151Last Wednesday at 12:24 PM

I recall watching the mink do his thing. Amazing. Lighting-speed.

by Anonymousreply 152Last Wednesday at 12:36 PM

Minks, ferrets, and weasels in past and still all have been used for ratting, a practice that goes back 100 years or more.

Going back to Victorian period or before in UK, Europe and even USA people earned a good living clearing homes, barns, farms, etc.. of rats using nothing more than ferrets and certain breeds of dog, usually terriers.

Together these "exterminators" can quickly and effectively clear an area or building of rats faster than using poison or traps. Only gassing is more effective IIRC.

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by Anonymousreply 153Last Wednesday at 12:47 PM

More:

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by Anonymousreply 154Last Wednesday at 12:49 PM

New York City needs more of this....

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by Anonymousreply 155Last Wednesday at 12:50 PM

Oh hell no

by Anonymousreply 156Last Wednesday at 12:51 PM

Rodent problem is getting worse on UES/UWS especially near or in Central Park due to less use of rodenticides due to outrage from environmentalists and nature groups. City has become home to more and more raptors like hawks, falcons, owls and even eagles that feed on rodents. Thus poisoned rats or mice end up killing those birds by collateral damage. It's same thing down by Tompkins Square park and others as well.

by Anonymousreply 157Last Wednesday at 12:54 PM

I wouldn't live in NYC again if you gave me a nice big 3 bedroom apartment with Park views. Fuck that place. So poorly managed and filthy.

by Anonymousreply 158Last Wednesday at 1:03 PM

Cicero, commenting on the absurdity of the prevalent belief in prodigies in his treatise on Divination, remarked that, if reliance were to be placed in omens then he ought naturally to tremble for the safety of the Commonwealth, because mice had recently nibbled a copy of Plato's "Republic" in his library.

Pliny wrote that rats foretold the Marsian war (B. C. 89) by destroying silver shields and bucklers at Lavinium, an ancient city near Rome. According to him, rats also prognosticated the death of the Roman general Carbo by eating his hose-garters and shoe-strings at Clusium, the modern Chiusi in Etruria.

by Anonymousreply 159Last Thursday at 5:07 AM

^ This is why I love DL

by Anonymousreply 160Last Thursday at 7:55 AM

r151 awesome, thx for sharing.

by Anonymousreply 161Last Thursday at 9:59 PM

the joke is on us humans. buy disturbing the natural order, the predators that would have kept these rodents at bay have either been made extinct, driven away or domesticated (such as dogs, cats and ferrets)

by Anonymousreply 162Last Thursday at 10:00 PM

Commensel rodents (Norway rat, the roof rat, and the house mouse) have no real predators, this is one of reasons why they make homes around or close to humans. Yes, in wild rodents of all sorts have predators, and that still exists with owls, hawks, snakes, feral cats, etc... among others all prey upon rats and mice.

Whatever native rats existed in New York as in other places outside of Europe were soon chased or killed off by arrival of Europeans who bought Norway (aka brown) rats along with house mice on their ships.

by Anonymousreply 163Last Friday at 1:21 AM

Make that "Commensal", hit post button too soon...

Carry on..

by Anonymousreply 164Last Friday at 1:21 AM

rats aren't only useless

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by Anonymousreply 165Last Friday at 2:11 AM

problem with domesticated animals:

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by Anonymousreply 166Last Saturday at 7:07 AM

I am sure her voice will kill all of the NYC rats (and maybe some humans)

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by Anonymousreply 167Last Saturday at 9:49 AM

use that one

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by Anonymousreply 168Last Saturday at 9:50 AM

Rats the size of rabbits have been in New York City for decades

by Anonymousreply 169Last Saturday at 9:53 AM

COVID cat

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by Anonymousreply 170Last Sunday at 9:59 AM

didn't get the brief

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by Anonymousreply 171Last Sunday at 10:00 AM

if you would just let him in, he might take care of the problem....

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by Anonymousreply 172Yesterday at 2:58 AM

I'm totally ignorant as i have only ever seen one wild rat and my friends pet rats. Why do they go for the cars? Is it for the heat? I don't understand. I also think that all trash bags should be sprayed with rat poison if they sit outside too long. I really feel sorry for those suffering this nightmare.

by Anonymousreply 173Yesterday at 3:16 AM

R173 not sure, but I think it's natural rodent behavior to chew on wires. Squirrels, mice, chipmunks, rats, etc., all reek havoc on wiring in cars, homes, and outside. You can coat wires with chemicals like brake fluid, but it's too mean for me to follow through with.

I think the issue with killing out of control populations, in already sparce spaces, is that other ones often take their place. They see that with Canadian geese when they try mass culling. The best thing to do is make it uncomfortable by not leaving food around, having other animals around as a threat, and blocking access -- problem is that in a city, they will always be there, but at least they could try to do better with their garbage clean up.

Climate change is definitely not helping matters either. Breeding times are being extended. Animals are changing behaviors (like geese staying winters). They're getting too comfortable with people because there's less and less free space for them to live and the same goes for the predators that kept them controlled.

by Anonymousreply 174Yesterday at 5:41 AM

R174

It's natural behavior for all rodent to gnaw (chew if you will) at anything. Their teeth continue to grow for entire life so must be ground down by constantly gnawing at things....

by Anonymousreply 175Yesterday at 9:32 AM

That is terrifying. Hot, sweaty, bitey, possum rats living side by side with humans.

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