NYC Has A Major Rat Problem And Plans To Solve It With Alcohol
By Kelsey Marie
If you live in NYC or have visited, you’ll know that rats live amongst us. They walk beside us on the streets, eat our leftover pizza and alert us to an incoming train by scurrying away.
Although rats are a nuisance, they’ve been a part of NYC living since the beginning.
NYC’s Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $32 million project to get rid of these annoying rodents in 2017.
The city is now planning to put an end to the rats for good and the method they’ll be using may surprise you.
According to CNN, the city “plans to entice the creatures with bait before drowning them in a bucket of alcohol.”
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced at a press conference on Thursday that a rat-dunking gadget will be introduced to the most rat-infested neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
About The Gadget:
The device is named Ekomille and was created by Rat Trap Inc., a privately-owned company. It works by luring the rats with food and then dumps them into alcohol.
“The rats will climb a ladder to reach the bait on the device, at which point a sensor deploys a trip lever that plunges them into a tray that can hold 80 rat carcasses,” reports CNN.
At Thursday’s press conference, there were sanitation workers who opened the trap to display the bucket filled with dead rats.
Rat Trap Inc. states on its website: “The rodent feels safe and secure within the device. The transparent cover provides natural light. The natural, non-toxic solution in the tank renders the rodent instantly unconscious.”
A study published in 2014 estimated the population of rats in NYC at 2 million.
Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie