Quick Takes – Rise of the Urban Rat Overlords: New York; Los Angeles; San Francisco

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: Pizza Rat for Mayor!!1!

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Ah, the Big Apple that is being gnawed away by vermin. But enough about Mayor de Blasio and other politicians of his ilk. New York has a rat problem.

“So many rats regularly lurk on a sidewalk in Brooklyn that it is the humans who avoid the rats, not the other way around. Not even cars are safe: Rats have chewed clean through engine wires.

“A Manhattan avenue lined with trendy restaurants has become a destination for foodies — and rats who help themselves to their leftovers. Tenants at a public housing complex in the South Bronx worry about tripping over rats that routinely run over their feet.”

     Not to be outdone, the City of (Fallen) Angels, Los Angeles, seems to be determined to not come in second to New York.

“‘Even the city’s most notorious trash pile, located between downtown LA’s busy Fashion and Produce districts, continues to be a magnet for rats after it was cleaned up months ago. The rodents can carry typhus-infected fleas, which can spread the disease to humans through bacteria rubbed into the eyes or cuts and scrapes on the skin, resulting in severe flu-like symptoms,’ …


“The trash piles — and the rats attracted to them — can cause numerous health problems for the surrounding population. Dr. Jeffrey Klauser, a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the University of California-Los Angeles, told the media outlet that a growing rat population could spread diseases like salmonella and even the bubonic plague.”

     Surprisingly enough, rats are brave enough to venture into the needle-strewn feces filled hellhole that is San Fransisco.

“Some San Francisco residents say they are dealing with a particularly bad rat infestation, and exterminators agree – telling customers they can’t come out right away because of the demand.

“That’s because there is now a long waiting list for people desperate for exterminators.”


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