Stop New York City’s Rat Infestation from Growing Worse

Target: City of New York

Goal: Encourage the City of New York to act on suggestions for humanely treating a neighborhood rat infestation.

If you head into West 76th Street, a neighborhood in the Upper West Side of New York, you may see yellow “RAT XING” signs attached to lampposts and buildings. This public statement is part of a movement organized by a New York citizen who is taking the city’s rat infestation problem into his own hands. The City of New York has taken minimal action on this issue and should heed the humane suggestions given by this concerned citizen for curbing the increasing rat population.

Joseph Bolanos is president of the West 76th Street Block Association, and is determined to call more attention to the rat infestation that is overwhelming his neighborhood. Aside from posting his “RAT XING” signs to warn others to look out for the rats, he has taken initiative to help coordinate a training meeting for tenants and property owners to address this problem. His efforts are geared toward humane solutions for eliminating rats in the area, which include ideas such as limiting the amount of time neighborhood trash cans stay on the streets before pickup. Other suggestions are to stop construction workers in nearby construction zones from leaving their lunches and trash unattended under tarps throughout the work day and overnight.

The ideas generated by Bolanos and other concerned citizens will curb the rat population and greatly improve the quality of life for residents in the area. The City of New York should enforce strict guidelines for construction workers and the tidiness of their work zone. Similarly, the City has suggested providing new rodent-proof trash cans and should not delay in delivering these to residents. Urge the City to take action in preventing rat infestations from becoming worse.


Dear City of New York,

West 76th Street in the Upper West Side of the city is facing an increasing rat problem. Rats can be seen everywhere in streets and alleyways, and are even being found inside residential buildings. Joseph Bolanos has worked with residents in the area to suggest humane ways for eliminating the growing population of rats. The most effective suggestion is for the City to enforce strict regulations for managing the amount of garbage compiled in nearby construction sites. Construction workers at these sites leave their lunches and trash unattended under tarps throughout the day and night, which provides a main food source for the rats. Similarly, the garbage cans that residents use are not rodent proof, and if garbage is left out in trash cans for long periods of time before garbage collection, rats have easy access to another major food source.

You addressed the situation with Bolanos and other concerned citizens at a mid-August meeting and had promised $50,000 in funding for new rodent-proof trash cans to the residents in the area. Please do not delay in providing this service. Similarly, strict regulations for waste management must be enforced in nearby construction zones to cut down on trash. Taking these actions, as well as limiting the amount of time neighborhood trash cans stay on the streets before pick up, will greatly improve the quality of life for residents in the area.


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