Uber Loving Rats Jumping into Strollers for Rides Downtown

David Bennett David Bennett | August 14, 2017

The rats of the Upper West Side of New York City aren’t just bold—they’re absolutely brazen.  And like the celebrities who live there, these rats are loving the publicity—the story is hitting nearly every paper and blog in NYC, even the mighty Wall Street Journal–and blogs around the nation are picking up the story.  Because running about is not good enough for these fancy rats—they’re rats of the Uber generation, and their transportation of choice is baby strollers—and they sit companionably by the baby while screams reverberate around the neighborhood by the mothers conducting the strollers down the street.   While Mayor DeBlasio is waging war against rats in lower Manhattan, the rats of the Upper West Side are living higher than Carrie Bradshaw in Bloomingdale’s.   (You don’t think those strollers are cheap Gracos, do you?  No.  These are Silver Cross Kensington strollers.  Maybe even Versace Plus.  It is the Upper West Side, after all).  

Nobody can decide how to handle them.   Nobody wants to use poisons, because they are afraid of killing the resident neighborhood hawks.  Mayor DeBlasio wants to use mesh covered trash cans, which is a big part of his $3.2 million-dollar Neighborhood Rat Reduction Plan, to discourage the rats’ food supply.   Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal favors the direct, lethal approach by laying down dry ice.  According to the Gothamist, “With tensions escalating, the assemblywoman is urging the city to fill the playgrounds’ rat burrows with dry ice—a method of rodent eradication recently recognized by the EPA, but not yet approved by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. “It’s not like the rat is choking,” the assemblywoman promises. “They just go to sleep and don’t get up. It’s effective, it’s cheap, it’s what we need.”

Until a consensus is reached about how to eradicate them, the shouts of residents and city officials are getting louder.  When will enough be enough?   We’ve already done more rat stories about New York City than any other city in the nation in just the last three weeks.  An environmentally freindly  solution is readily at hand from the British Rat Trap Company -we’re ready and willing to help New York City formulate a solution incorporating our Fenn traps so rats will give up and take the Yellow Cab to heaven like proper NYC rats should do, leaving baby strollers to—well—the babies.  


Tags: Dry Ice, Health and Safety, New York City, NYC, Pest Control, Rat infestation, Rats

2 thoughts on “Uber Loving Rats Jumping into Strollers for Rides Downtown

  1. I feel that this article is trying to state that dry ice is inhumane/ ineffective while promoting a burrow trap. Dry ice has proven to be effective. I wonder how placing a metal trap inside of a rat burrow would be safer (and more effective) in a public setting. If a mole feels metal in their burrow they will detor away from it. I feel rats would act against the trap placement even more. Lethal snap traps would also increase possible injury to off target organisms correct?

    1. Hello Shawn,
      Thanks for taking the time to read, review the article, your comments are welcomed.The article is targeted toward rats in the urban environment, comments related to the metal trap inside a Rat or mole burrow and their instincts are absolutely correct, painting the traps or providing light cover of treadle plate with sticks, grass, light soil helps.
      The type of setting, housing enclosure and positioning of the traps is critical, in a place where the rats run, for example they have a partiality to pipes, feel safe, so would position the traps accordingly. Important to move the traps to other locations after serval days in addition to utilizing in location or design of enclosure making entrance small enough to protect against domestic pets etc.
      Recognize that an approach of coexistence with dry ice and other poison from a pest control approach depending on the application environment makes sense, a concern with exclusive pesticides, poison is the animals building resistance resulting to up the toxicity of the poison raises a red flag for impact on our environment,public safety and logistics for where the animal expires.
      Encourage to visit our site again, contribute, add insight and question, we welcome this.
      Have a brilliant rest of the week,
      Thanks again for taking the time,

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