Rats in New York City

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Brown rat in the street of NYC
Rat in a subway

Rats in New York City have become a staple of the city and its culture. In 2014, a study found that there were around 2 million rats in New York City.[1] Most rats in the city are brown rats.[2] Covid-19 caused a rise in violent rat activity because of restaurants being shut down, which were the rats main food source.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Auerbach, Jonathan (October 1, 2014). "Does New York City really have as many rats as people?". Significance. 11 (4): 22–27. doi:10.1111/j.1740-9713.2014.00764.x.
  2. "New York has a huge rat problem. These vigilantes with dogs think they can fix it". the Guardian. 2021-12-19. Retrieved 2022-03-25.
  3. Parsons, Michael; Richardson, Johnathan; Kiyokawa, Yasushi; Stryjek, Rafal; Corrigan, Robert (September 28, 2021). "Rats and the COVID-19 pandemic: considering the influence of social distancing on a global commensal pest". academic.oup.com. Oxford Academic. ISSN 2058-5543. Retrieved 2022-03-25.