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    • Although I love animals I have to admit I am not fond of rats. Neither are a lot of people in New York City.

      "Traps. Poison. Birth control. Dry ice. And now, what city officials are touting as a high-tech solution: drowning.

      New York has attempted to eradicate its teeming rat population for 355 years and counting. On Thursday, the latest tactic in the Sisyphean effort was unveiled, with great fanfare, by Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president.

      It was, in effect, a bucket that would lure the rodents and send them plunging to their deaths in a mysterious vinegary concoction. The toxic potion, according to its maker, Rat Trap Inc., prevents them from rotting too quickly and emitting a stink."

      I am pretty skeptical about the mystery bucket. This article describes lots of schemes through the years to reduce the rat population. Most of the tries seem to be pretty much useless but a couple seemed to work some. But one expert suggested that, "Even if 90 percent of the city’s rats were killed, the survivors could potentially breed faster because of less competition for food."

    • Nasty all around. I'm curious, actually about this 311 hotline for reporting rat sightings. 17,353 last year? How are they handling those calls? Seems like a crazy use of resources to have people fielding phone calls about every rat people see...

      I wonder what the tipping point is with reducing the population if a 90% reduction is theorized to result in a "bounce-back" of the population.

    • Great question, Annie! I was wondering the same thing. If reducing the population by 90% could actually make it stronger in the long haul, can these rodents really be stopped?

    • Gross. At least we can understand now why stories appear about rat sightings in fast food places in New York, it’s because nobody can figure out how to get rid of them.

    • Humans can fabricate rat proof buildings, I am certain. But at what cost in building costs and human effort. Remediating old buildings won’t be cheap, but it is a matter of decision and will. If rats can’t enter buildings for food and for lodging, life becomes much, much harder for them - they won’t disappear, but the number of survivors will be much much smaller

      All one has to do is remove access to the benefits of being a commensal creature, human food, human dwelling spaces, and water . A few cats will hunt down what’s left outside I suspect.