Here’s Your Chance to Get Some ‘Rat Prevention Training’ on the Lower East Side

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 at 5:18 am by
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Rats. They’re the scourge of the city. They’ve infested pharmacies. They’ve colonized rotting construction sites. They’ve overrun magical gardens long before developers.

But hawks aren’t the only ones fighting back against Lower East Side vermin. Splinter, beware.

Councilmember Margaret Chin has teamed up with the Department of Health, Parks Department, and Community Board 3 to sponsor a free “Rat Prevention Training.” Its aim is to share tips on combating the pesky creatures, with a focus on gardening. Added bonus: anyone who attends and participates in this event will be eligible to receive a voucher for one free rodent-resistant garbage can.

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Taking a stand against the pests, Chin says, “I encourage local residents or community gardeners who are struggling with rodent issues to attend this free event, in order to learn more about ways to tackle the problem and help cut down on rats in the neighborhood. Rodent prevention efforts become more effective when we all work on together, and I’m pleased to partner with Community Board 3 and the city’s Health Department and Parks Department to help provide community members with the tools and knowledge to combat the rats.”

The ratvolution will be held on February 6, 2:30-4:30 at the BRC Senior Center (30 Delancey Street).

And just for old time’s sake… here’s footage of Lower East Side rats having a free-for-all in the trash bins on Orchard Street, circa 2010. Their haven has since gentrified.

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