Saturday, February 4, 2023

NYC launches Rat Academy to learn how to stop the spread of these rodents

what to know

  • The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will hold its first Rat Academy information session where you’ll learn safe and effective ways to prevent the spread of rats.
  • The course will be online this Thursday at 6 pm
  • Mayor Eric Adams has made rat eradication a major political goal for the city. Also in December, Adams announced a new position in his administration.

Worried about rats in your neighborhood?

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will hold its first Rat Academy information session where you will learn safe and effective ways to prevent the spread of rats.

The course will be online this Thursday at 6PM To register for the course, click here.

Mayor Eric Adams has made rat eradication a major political goal for the city. Also in December, Adams announced a new position in his administration.

Adams posted a job listing last month this week looking for someone to lead the city’s long-running battle against the rats. The official title of the work is “Rodent Suppression Director“, though he was soon dubbed the Rat Jar. The salary range is $120,000 to $170,000.

“The ideal candidate is highly motivated and somewhat bloodthirsty, determined to look at all solutions from different angles, including operational efficiency improvements, data collection, technological innovation, waste management and bulk slaughter,” the ad says.

New York City leaders have been trying to control the rat population for generations, with mixed results. The number of rats in the city’s parks, footpaths and elsewhere has increased recently.

The city’s rats have escaped a multimillion-dollar effort from former Mayor Bill de Blasio that focused on more trash pickup and better home inspections in specific neighborhoods. The city also started a program to use dry ice to suffocate rats in their hideout.

Adams, when he was president of the Brooklyn borough, once demonstrated a trap that used a bucket filled with poisoned soup to drown rats attracted by the smell of food.

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