“If You Feed ‘Em, We Breed ‘Em” – Rid the Subways of Rats

State Senator Bill Perkins just released a study on rats in the subways of upper Manhattan.

With bed bugs stealing all the headlines lately, rats have been getting an easy ride in the ongoing debate on the most-hated NYC Pest. Now, however, New York officials have been cracking down on the best way to eliminate the detestable rodent from our subways. For some building a better mousetrap, has never seemed more urgent.

First, some interesting facts from some citywide surveys:

In light of this information, officials have  bandied about two solutions on how best to rid the subways of rats. But do they go far enough?

What do you think? Would you agree to stop eating in the subway to avoid seeing rats? Or should money be spent to corner rats where they play in the MTA? What other solutions are out there that NYC could adopt as their own?

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4 Responses to “If You Feed ‘Em, We Breed ‘Em” – Rid the Subways of Rats

  1. Laura Shin says:

    I’m not an expert on rats, but for some reason I’m not convinced that “starving them” will get rid of them. They seem pretty resourceful and I think they would find a way to survive, or worse, they may leave the subway stations and pop up in other places where food is more available to them. I’m also skeptical on how banning food on subways would be enforced.

  2. Alva French says:

    Well according to the study, major cities have successfully rid themselves of rats through subway no-food zones. Yeah enforcement might be a problem, but the revenue raised in fines might be enough to invest in other solutions. I am not sure either.

  3. al barbarino says:

    I think there should be posted signs that impose large fines for littering on the subways. The other day I saw some fool just launch the remains of his lunch out onto the tracks. If that same guy had just looked at a sign that read, “$200 fine for littering,” I’m willing to bet he would have thought twice.

  4. I don’t know about banning food on the subway. Yeah, someplace else did it and now the rat problem died down, but really who would enforce it. You’re not supposed to eat or drink on express buses, and I walk past the driver all the time with a cup of coffee clearly in my hand (but I throw it away when I get off, I care). Like Al said, if they imposed a fine on littering or eating in the subway, more people might stop, but they actually need people to enforce the rules or they’ll just keep eating away.

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