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NY1 For You: Some Residents Say Rats Running Rampant in Their Boerum Hill Neighborhood

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Rats are a common sight in parts of the city, but residents in one Brooklyn neighborhood say they've taken over their streets. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

It's a real rat race in one Boerum Hill neighborhood, where residents say on any given night, they spot dozens of rats roaming the street.

"We have rats all over the place," says resident Michael Nischk.

"The problem is so severe that right now, I'm frightened for my life," says resident Phil Weinstein. "I've got two daughters. One is 6 weeks old. One's a little older than 2. I do not leave my house after 8 p.m. at night."

Those living here say the rats started showing up a month ago after construction started in the neighborhood.

"They're digging deep, which means they're disturbing whatever nests may have been there, and then people putting out garbage in plastic bags, which feeds them," Nischk says.

Residents say they call 311 every night, but still, the rats rage.

NY1 For You contacted the New York City Department of Health, and after looking into the situation, a spokesman said when the Health Department was made aware of complaints about rats on State Street in Brooklyn, the DOH inspected and scheduled a walkthrough to address the problem more thoroughly and determine the areas in need of baiting.

He went on to say that rat populations tend to increase this time of year in general, so in addition to baiting the area, the DOH will work with community members and business owners to explain what steps they can take to minimize the presence of rats.

They are measures that will hopefully relieve the rat problem.

NY1 For You will keep you updated.

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