New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio today announced a city-wide effort to reduce the rat population. The DeBlasio administration vows deploy a strategic array of proven solutions to reduce the rodent population living and feeding in NYC, inclduding removing access to the rats' food sources by deploying the Bigbelly system for total waste containment.
The initiative targets three areas which face the largest rat-related complaints - Chinatown, the lower East Side and East Village in Manhattan, Grand Concourse in the Bronx, and Bushwick and Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.
We are honored and proud to be part of the solution in the NYC community to reduce the City's rat population. We look forward to continuing our work with the city to clean up these communities by removing food access for these well-known city critters.
ABC News reports with a video newscast of the press conference held this morning where Mayor de Blasio announced this new initiative to reduce New York City's rat population by 70% →
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a $32 million, multi-agency plan to reduce the city’s rat population that targets the three most infested parts of city: the Grand Concourse area, Chinatown/East Village/Lower East Side and Bushwick/Bedford-Stuyvesant. This interagency initiative aims to reduce rat activity by up to 70 percent in the targeted zones by minimizing food sources and available habitats.
This integrated pest management approach will build on the success of the City’s current rat abatement programs and attack environmental factors conducive to rats, which is more effective than poisoning rats alone. By dramatically reducing the available habitats and food sources in targeted areas, rat reproduction will diminish and rat colonies will decline. The City will achieve this by cementing dirt basements in NYCHA, purchasing better waste containers, increasing trash pickup and increasing enforcement of rat-related violations in these areas. All aspects of this plan will be launched by the end of 2017. [...]
New waste containers: The City will purchase 336 solar compactors that restrict access to trash with a “mail-box” opening and that have resulted in 90% rat reductions when fully deployed in concentrated areas. [...]