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City Kicks Off $32 Million Campaign To Put Rat Population On Ice

April 17, 2018 - 8:44 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio will visit the NYCHA Bushwick Houses on Tuesday, where he will make an announcement on the city's latest effort to deal with the growing rat population.

A new $32 million program includes the use of dry ice to plug rat burrows in parks. The ice fills the hole with carbon dioxide, suffocating the rats.

Dry ice is said to be a 'quicker, more humane, and environmentally friendly' method of dealing with rat populations, AM New York reported.

“This is one weapon in what we do to fight rats in New York City,” said Rick Simeone, director of pest control for the city’s Health Department, “And it completely eliminates any chance of secondary poisoning for hawks and birds of prey.”

The city is expected to focus its efforts on 'high-infestation areas' which include the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, Chinatown, the East Village, and Lower East Side in Manhattan, and Bushwick and Bed Stuy in Brooklyn.