time to call in the cats ?
Rats take up residence in Ridgewood neighborhood
AUGUST 4, 2014, 6:58 PM LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014, 6:58 PM
BY CHRIS HARRIS
RIDGEWOOD — Since the middle of last month, residents of Howard Road and Bennington Terrace say they have been living with a number of uninvited guests: rats.
Sizable rodents have been spotted throughout the neighborhood since before July 18, when the first rat complaints started rolling in to Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld’s office.
Village officials toured the neighborhood Monday afternoon with a professional exterminator in tow. Officials have since determined the pests are living in burrows, located on private land, Sonenfeld said.
“We examined all of the sewers in the neighborhood, as well as the [Saddle River’s] banks and the storm drains, and none of these contributed to the [rat] problem,” Sonenfeld offered.
But officials on Monday did manage to unearth evidence indicating the rats are holed up in burrows that have been dug beneath the deck of one private residence.
Sonenfeld did not specify the street on which that residence is located.
“For rats to thrive, they need food, water and shelter, and that is being provided to them,” Sonenfeld said. “The neighborhood needs to work together to alleviate this rat condition.”
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