New York City public health team develops indicators for predicting rat infestations

A team of researchers from the New York City Department of Health has developed ways of predicting rat infestations based on the type of neighborhood that people live in.

TV and movies have frequently shown rats in neighborhoods with squalid conditions, in areas near restaurants and near apartment buildings in poor neighborhoods. But these portrayals are based on human perceptions and associations between poverty and pest populations. However, few studies have set out to define factors that could predict where rat infestations would be. Continue reading

Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent ‘Reservoirs’

From New Hampshire Public Radio

by Joel Rose

New York City is launching the latest salvo in its never-ending war on rats.

City officials are ramping up efforts to teach regular New Yorkers how to make their streets, businesses and gardens less hospitable to rodents — in other words, to see their neighborhood the way a health inspector would.

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NYC Officials use weevil for biological control for invasive vine

In the New York Times

By Keith Mulvihill

In many people’s minds, the weevil is associated with ravaged crops, ruined farmers and vast, forsaken fields, but New York City is about to unleash some 5,000 Asian weevils in several parks to attack a prolific vine that poses a threat to native plants and trees.

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