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."