The city is launching a new offensive in its battle against rats.
The city Health Department will hire nine inspectors as part of a new "rat squad."
The inspectors will hunt down and kill the rodents in the colonies where they breed and have access to food and water.
The squad will target parts of the city where property owners have had a hard time curbing the rat problem, including J Hood Wright Park in Washington Heights.
The city's new, targeted approach comes after nearly 10 years of so-called "rat indexing."
Under that system, health officials looked for and logged signs of rat infestation, then tried to get property owners to hire private exterminators.