The city’s ramped-up extermination methods included a means of smoking rats out of their burrows using dry ice, as well as using more conventional techniques. This war on rats has led to some weird press junkets, like a rat-gassing demonstration last April, which featured de Blasio high-fiving a worker as vermin perished in front of him. “We want to make the greatest city on Earth the worst place in the world to be a rat,” de Blasio’s livestream of the event read.
Despite the concerted effort to tamp down vermin, the mayor may be fighting a losing battle. Experts now say climate change might be giving rats the competitive edge they need not only to survive, but to thrive.
Interview - Wall - Street - Journal - Month
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal this month, city officials were cautiously...