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Rat Issues Once Again Plagues Central Business District

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, once again sources are reporting a big rat problem behind Ridgewood coffee and apartments.

Observation Rats are not usually seen during the day unless disturbed from their protective harborage or because of intolerable competition from other rats. If rats are seen during the day that usually means a very large rodent population is nearby.

Burrows Or Nests Holes in the ground around foundations, plus nests in attics or trees are evidence of a rat problem.

Droppings Rats produce a lot of feces and the presence of their fecal droppings is a surefire way to spot an infestation. When droppings are seen, it is a good practice to remove those droppings and later inspect to see whether new droppings were deposited. ALWAYS USE RESPIRATORY PROTECTION WHEN REMOVING RODENT DROPPINGS.

Rat bites and scratches can result in disease and rat-bite fever. Rat urine is responsible for the spread of leptospirosis, which can result in liver and kidney damage. It can also be contracted through handling or inhalation of scat. Complications include renal and liver failure, as well as cardiovascular problems.

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), a viral infectious disease, is transmitted through the saliva and urine of rats. Some individuals experience long-term effects of lymphocytic choriomeningitis, while others experience only temporary discomfort.

One of the most historically dangerous rat-borne diseases is the bubonic plague, also called “Black Plague,” and its variants. Transfer occurs when fleas from the rats bite human beings. Fleas transported on rats are considered responsible for this plague during the Middle Ages, which killed millions. From the transmission of bubonic plague to typhus and hantavirus, rat infestations can prove harmful to human health.

Rats also are a potential source of allergens. Their droppings, dander and shed hair can cause people to sneeze and experience other allergic reactions.

Diseases transmitted by rats fall into one of two categories: diseases transmitted directly from exposure to rat-infected feces, urine or bites and diseases indirectly transmitted to people by an intermediate arthropod vector such as fleas, ticks or mites. While the following list of diseases or medical conditions are all associated with rats, most are not commonly encountered in the United States.


14 thoughts on “Rat Issues Once Again Plagues Central Business District

  1. This is why we need to have people working on weekends to pick up later throughout the CBD. Not just empty the garbage cans. With all the restaurants open throughout the CBD the sidewalks streets are dirty. The village needs to bring in people on the weekend to clean. For litter, street sweeping, etc., This just may help with the rodent problem.

  2. The Village also stopped picking up recycling at the businesses downtown, which is in all likelihood
    part of the problem.

  3. I call BS on Frequent Customer. . The trash that is attracting rats is on someone’s business property , at least as shown in the picture. As much as I find it distasteful to defend the Village, this is not their job to clean and police the mess that private business creates on their own property. Ridgewood Coffee should clean up its act and properly dispose of its garbage. For its own good and those of its customers, it should also professionally remediate the rat problem it created. Customers should be altered to the fact that they are patronizing a business that is lazy. Maybe a rat face in someone’s medium mochacino of the day will generate some action by the staff.

  4. Yes it’s the responsibility of the business owners, but unfortunately the Board of Health needs to inspect behind all buildings alleyways throughout the CBD we have expanded food eateries in the street so guess what the litter from these establishments have been laying in the road and catch basins threw out The central business district from what we see. No one’s saying that it’s the village responsibility, but unfortunately when you have these eateries in the road guess what we brought in Police, barricades,On the village responsibility time so what are you talking about. Not having litter patrol, emptying Sanitation cans that are overflowing, you don’t sound too smart.Open your eyesAnd that’s no bullshit

  5. 100% restaurant’s responsibility, not the town’s.

  6. So sad, there is also many areas in BD that are overrun with weeds next to Alex and Ani and other areas. I am sure the ignorance or negligence doesn’t help with this problem.

  7. Weeds Love Rain

    Rain levels are epic this summer

  8. OK who’s responsibility is that, is it Parks Dept, is it the store owner, the building owner, I would think it’s the town s responsibility. And every other town the town takes care of those flower pots,

  9. Inspect, photograph, and FINE for every day garbage is not processed properly. Disgusting.

  10. All the tree wells or the town’s responsibility at all times. That means the tree, weeds, and if you remember years ago they had bricks around the tree wells caused many problems. People tripping getting hurt, And cars breaking them. And years back they hired a landscaper from town to clean them up. Because the fish short on staff.

  11. The town stopped picking up the CBD’s recycling at the beginning of COVID stating it was because of Covid and then proceeded to say it was because there wasn’t enough money. Now after making it through a pandemic they need to contract companies to dispose of their recycling which is attracting the rats. The businesses pay property taxes in which a large portion goes to the school systems which they obviously don’t utilize. The town not helping out the businesses in this way is just one of the many reasons our downtown has so many empty storefronts.

  12. I saw one of the little critters crossing Franklin Ave. last night.

  13. He was taking a walk.

  14. Never mind the rats, what’s with the armed uphold in town?

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