'Operation Rat Attack' sets its sights on Bronx rats

A Bronx community group is launching a campaign to combat the rat infestation problem at local parks.The Hispanics Across America group has dubbed the plan "Operation Rat Attack." There is already a volunteer pest control team that has started targeting the rats at parks and playgrounds such as Story Avenue playground, Noble Park, and Joyce Kilmer Park.The exterminators are using trap boxes with peanut butter and cheesy bacon snacks as bait. Once the rats get used to eating the bait, the exterminators said they will switch it with poisoned bait. City officials estimate that there are between 40 and 80 million rats in the borough. Jose Sonera of All Better Pest Control says that translates into eight rodents to each person. The goal is to have all of the rats eradicated by spring so only children will be running around playgrounds.

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