New York City have announced a $32 million, multi-agency plan to produce its rat population on Wednesday. ABC News Source.
The city will start installing solar compactors with rat- resistant openings and replacing wires waste baskets with steel cans among other changes by September.
Target areas according to mayor Bill de Blasio are:
- East Villge
- Lower East side in Manhattan
- Bedford-Stuyvesant areas of Brooklyn.
It also plans to cement basement floors in public housing.
This is to take part from the previous incidents which health officials said that one person died and 2 others were severely sickened in Bronx neighborhood due to a rare disease transmitted by rats.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said, “While New York City has made important stride to curb the rodent population, it’s clear more needs to be done to significantly and permanently reduce the scourge of rats across the five boroughs,”
The city have done several moves to eradicate rats. In 2014, the Health Department piloted a “Rat Reservoir” program in six sites in Manhattan and Bronx. In 2015, the budget had increased to $2.9 million.
Experts say it’s impossible to accurately estimate the number, but a student from Columbia University doctoral used statistical analysis and came up with 2 million number of rats in the city.