Dead rats have appeared off the curb of 71st Street and Grand Avenue as well as 69th Lane near Grand Avenue just after the DEP started drilling into the ground on the avenue. One resident has spotted rat traps around the neighborhood, including on 53rd Avenue and 72nd Place.
The bioswales have caused a bit of controversy in the area since the DEP initially announced the addition of 321 bioswales in Maspeth, Ridgewood and Sunnyside. In particular, one Maspeth homeowner had a serious issue with an unwanted bioswale in front of her house last November.
The rat and trap sightings are near residential homes, restaurants, schools and the library. A man in the Bronx recently died from Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that is rat-borne. The disease is also harmful to pets as it’s capable of killing dogs.
Have you seen an increased presence of rats around the neighborhood? Let us know in the comments.