“Is it just me, or are there a lot more rats than usual at GA & New Hampshire?”

“Walking through this neighborhood lately is a practice in dodging running rats. It’s like the Tori Amos video…

There are rats everywhere in neighborhoods by Georgia Avenue and New Hampshire and they’re frickin huge, larger than they’ve ever been since I’ve lived there in 8 years!

I suspect a lot of it has to do with us having only 2 trash pickup days per week and limited trash bins on public streets, especially by bus stops. It’s reached an epidemic level now, and they’re not afraid of humans at all. Dogs

I wonder if they’re mostly displaced residents from SoutWest with all the waterfront construction, but the city needs to do something fast about this, it’s embarrassing to invite friends over because they’re literally running everywhere even in the daytime. They’ve also been observed running into holes at the warehouse building next to sweet mango cafe by me on my way home from work, I can’t imagine what’s going on there, but it certainly doesn’t make me hungry.”

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  • Rats are out of control in my neck of the woods near Grant Circle. A bumper crop this year, lots of big breeders and little newbies running all around, one little guy actually came running up my porch stairs as I stood there, freakin’ bold! Time for the rat harvester.

  • i always noticed a lot behind the sweet mano building. But they uses to dump trash and all kinds of shit on the sidewalk.

  • When they dug up New Hampshire Ave from GA to North Capitol St to put in the subway, you would see huge rats coming out of the unearthed ground at night. The path went straight through grant circle and proceeded on to North Capitol until it hit Missouri/Riggs rd

  • My link got caught in moderation, but DDOT recently repaired the sidewalk at NH and GA Aves. It was buckling due to the number of rat burrows underneath it. With that habitat taken away, the rats are now out and about looking for a place to live.

  • We had a crazy amount of rats last spring/early summer and called the city. They were super responsive to our call and were at our house within 24 hours! They will walk the neighborhood and fill any/all holes they find with poison. We didn’t put any poison in our yard because we have dogs but they recommended we take down all ivy from our fences, put our firewood at least 18 inches off of the ground, and fill in any holes under our shed. I also read that rats hate mint so I planted 6 mint plants around our fence line. We and our neighbors did everything possible and we have not seen any rats since last June (knock on wood).

  • Well. I know where I’m walking my terrier tonight! He loves hunting.

    I wonder if we can get a ratter group together like they have in NYC:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/22/nyregion/in-manhattan-alleys-owners-send-their-dogs-on-a-rat-hunt.html?_r=0

  • Im at Quincy and Goergia and have seen a few now in the alley behind my building.

    They have been a new curiosity for the neighborhood kids.

  • If you see rats, call 311 or go online and submit a request for rat abatement.

  • In Chicago, the city has begun deploying feral cats that would otherwise be euthanized. Veterinarians (or somebody similar) sterilize the cats, and then they are sent out to hunt! I find this curious, in that most cats aren’t big or fierce enough to dependably kill rats, or at least that’s what I read when I was doing research for a paper in science class 19 years ago.

    Here in DC, while we do have feral cats, we also have foxes!! How can some foxes be detoured from the Park area, or wherever they’re hiding out now (I don’t see them around my neighborhood, sadly) and sent hunting rats?

    • Kind of reminds me of the simpsons episode with the tree lizards

      Skinner: Well, I was wrong; the lizards are a godsend.
      Lisa: But isn’t that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we’re overrun by lizards?
      Skinner: No problem. We simply release wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. They’ll wipe out the lizards.
      Lisa: But aren’t the snakes even worse?
      Skinner: Yes, but we’re prepared for that. We’ve lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
      Lisa: But then we’re stuck with gorillas!
      Skinner: No, that’s the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.

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