INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE: VIDEO CAPTURES HORDES OF RATS TAKING OVER NEW YORK CITY STREETS DURING LOCKDOWN
INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE:
VIDEO CAPTURES HORDES OF RATS TAKING OVER NEW YORK CITY STREETS DURING LOCKDOWN
PLEASE MENTION AIR DATE ON FRIDAY, MAY 8th
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New York, NY – May 8, 2020 – In an exclusive airing on Friday, INSIDE EDITION’s “Rat Patrol” hit the streets of New York City for the past three nights and found that the dirty vermin have taken over the deserted streets.
With most of the city on lockdown, INSIDE EDITION’s cameras filmed rodents scurrying down the sidewalks, swarming trash cans and even climbing up into cars.
From swanky neighborhoods on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to the narrow streets of the Financial District, large rodents were spotted all over as they hunted for midnight meals.
One of the worst rat hot spots INSIDE EDITION found was around the trash on the Avenue of America’s in Midtown.
After complaints were reported, Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked about the rat problem during a press conference last week. He said “As New Yorkers we unfortunately know way too much about rats and we are certainly not going to let it get to a worse situation, we are going to fight it back.”
But a week later, INSIDE EDITION found the problem is still out of control with nearly two dozen rodents crawling around the same Sixth Avenue location.
Matt Frye, a rodent expert with the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University told INSIDE EDITION that dwindling food sources are causing stressed rats to behave differently and causing some to even resort to cannibalism. “The pandemic has really been a great opportunity for people to see how human behavior effects rodents,” adding that “what we’re seeing across the country and in New York City right now is that there is a lack of food availability for rats… so they may be out in larger numbers than we expect and they certainly may be in areas where we may not have seen rats before.”
For Inside Edition’s full report, tune in on Friday, May 8th. Check local listings for times and stations in your area.
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