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Rat Problems in the Big Apple: NYC's Ongoing Battle Against Rodents

September 13, 2023
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New York City, with its iconic skyline and bustling streets, is not just home to millions of people but also a persistent and unwelcome resident: the rat. The issue of rat infestations in the city has been a long-standing problem, affecting residential and commercial properties. In this post, we'll delve into the challenges these rodents pose, the city's efforts to combat the issue, and how Positive Pest Management can assist in ensuring compliance with new regulations.

The Rat Menace in NYC

Rats have been synonymous with New York City for decades. Their ability to thrive in urban environments, combined with the city's dense population and vast underground networks, has made it a prime habitat for these pests. Not only do they pose health risks, but they also cause structural damage and are a nuisance to residents and businesses alike.

New Regulations to Tackle the Issue

To address the rat problem, New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently signed a new law that places the responsibility of extermination costs on contractors for specific construction projects. This move aims to ensure that construction activities that disturb rat habitats do not exacerbate the rodent issue.

Key Points of the New Law

  • The regulations apply to projects that involve 50% or more of the floor area of a building.
  • Projects where the proposed vertical or horizontal enlargement increases the building's floor area by more than 25%.
  • Partial demolition projects that involve more than 50% of the floor area of a building.

This law signifies a significant shift in the city's approach to pest control, emphasizing prevention over reaction. It also underscores the importance of involving pest control professionals early in the construction process.

Strategies for Rat Control and Prevention

1. Regular Inspections

For both residential and commercial properties, regular inspections are crucial. Identifying potential entry points and signs of infestation can prevent larger infestations.

2. Sanitation

Rats are attracted to food sources. Ensuring that garbage is adequately stored and disposed of can deter these pests.

3. Exclusion

Sealing off potential entry points, such as gaps in walls or floors, can prevent rats from entering properties.

4. Professional Extermination

In cases of infestations, professional extermination is the most effective way to eliminate the problem and prevent future infestations.

Positive Pest Management: Your Partner in Compliance

With the new regulations in place, contractors across New York City will need a reliable partner to ensure compliance. Positive Pest Management is uniquely positioned to assist. With our expertise in pest control and deep understanding of the city's rat problems, we can provide effective solutions tailored to the needs of contractors and property owners.

Ready to tackle the rat problem head-on? Don't wait for an infestation to escalate. Visit our website for more insights, or call us at 1-800-294-3130. If you have specific questions or require a tailored solution, please fill out our contact form, and our team will assist you promptly.

In the fight against the rat menace in New York City, being proactive is key. With Positive Pest Management by your side, you can ensure a rat-free environment and full compliance with the city's regulations.

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