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Rats take up residence in Ridgewood neighborhood


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Rats take up residence in Ridgewood neighborhood

AUGUST 4, 2014, 6:58 PM    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014, 6:58 PM

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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11 thoughts on “Rats take up residence in Ridgewood neighborhood

  1. It sounds like one homeowner is providing a home for the rats. Exterminate the area under the deck.

  2. Since we’re on the subject of rats, how about those rats at Ridgewood Water. Check out the new option for paying your water bill on line. There’s no way to do it without incurring a convenience fee. Paying on line saves Ridgewood Water money, but their customers pay money to do it. Thanks Frank.

  3. Rats and Woodchuck fighting for same space …… again. Try a 12ga. shotgun, that should work too.

  4. rats love bird food — reduce your bird feeding to the winter

  5. Nice segue, #2.

  6. News 12 has just reported that the rats are on the move….it’s understood that they are moving back
    Home after a short jaunt on Howard road….chief
    John ward has stated “we’ll keep the back door open
    So the mayor and council can get back in….but once there in….that’s it….no more unauthorized travel.”

  7. Where is our Mayor with the photo op. Let see if he get his buddy over at the record to put a positive spin on this. Maybe we should tighten up the borders around so that the illegal aliens rats don’t come across.

  8. yeah what about the rats in village hall.

  9. Anu RATS on Roberts St?

  10. rats in the c b d .

  11. Village should mandate removal of bird feeders until problem is under control. Exterminator said bird seed is the main attraction and in fact the poison used in traps is laced with bird seed to attract them.

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