City Tries Proactive Approach to Rat Extermination

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The city Health Department is taking a new approach to an old problem. In an effort to rid the city of rats -- or at least seriously limit their numbers -- health officials are testing a program to "proactively" examine infested neighborhoods.

REPORTER: Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Policy, Dan Kass, says inspectors will be deployed.

KAAS: If any signs of rats are observed on a property a letter and an order will go to the landlord after wards explaining what they have to do to respond to the problem. If a property or a block is incredibly severe, we're not going to wait for the land lord, to take action. We're gonna send exterminators out.

REPORTER: : The $1.5 million pilot program will begin in the Bronx and if successful, will be expanded to other parts of the city.

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