An EV Grieve reader asked city parks officials what they were doing about the rat overpopulation in Tompkins Square Park. Here is part of the response that the reader received via email:
1). Parks has removed the garbage bags from the rats.
2). All garbage bags, once removed from garbage drums, are taken off-site. Bags are not left overnight in the park.
3). Parks is working with a garbage bag distributer MINT-X and using their rat-resistant garbage bags in the park.
4). Parks are using rat snap traps inside plastic boxes to kill rats, without the use of posions.
5). Tompkins Square Park has a red tailed hawk that frequents the park regularly, so Parks does not use rat poison.
6). Parks has reached out to the organizations that feed the hungry and homeless in Tompkins Square Park to minimize littering of food in the park.
7). Park night Crew cleans every night to sweep up around garbage drums, removes food from the ground and in garden beds, and removed garbage bags from the park.
8). Undesirable plants and shrubs, that offer rats harbage have been reoved from the park.
9). Parks is continuing to use non-poisonous methods to reduce rat population in the park.
Per the reader: "I think they deserve some credit ... also, it shows that going through the 'proper channels' ocassionaly works!"
We also hear that 20 more of the snap traps are on the way... Plus, well, there's some talk that the deluge on Sunday may drown a few of the rats...
Bob Arihood notes that "Inside Edition" returned to film in the Park... and, once again, the rats didn't disappoint. Read his report here.