‘Rat Crisis’ Hits New York City As At Least 2 Million Of The Unwanted Rodents Cause A Record Number Of Hotline Complaints

Tara West - Author

Oct. 18 2015, Updated 2:27 p.m. ET

Rats are literally taking over New York City with a record number of callers phoning in complaints about the rodents to the city’s hotline. The city’s Comptroller Scott Stringer is taking the complaints seriously and says the city is on the verge of a “rat crisis.” However, he claims that there are things the city could do to curb the rat problems including more regular cleanings of the subway stations.

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The Daily Mail reports that New York City is battling rats like never before. Though the rodents have been a staple of NYC for some time, researchers say there are an estimated 2 million rats in the city right now and the numbers are continuing to rise. The problem is evident by the increasing number of phone calls the city is receiving regarding rats at the complaint hotline. The city says it is on pace to receive more rat complaints than ever before, beating out last year’s staggering 24,000 calls. Auditors of the situation are calling the problem a “rat crisis” and has left many searching for answers to the everyday issue.


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