In news that will come as no surprise to many in Bed-Stuy, rat sightings are increasing in the neighborhood – and throughout the district.
Ward 3 has seen 1,286 sightings this year, a 32% increase from the 977 reports from 2020, 311 data shows. Most of the creatures reported to 311,867 of the 1,286 were in apartments or mixed-use buildings, Patch reports.
The number of rat sightings in the neighborhood has also increased by 47% compared to 2019.
Rat sightings across the borough are up 54% year over year, and Brooklyn has seen the most furry animals in the city so far in 2021, according to a Renthop study.
The increase in sightings – citywide by 29% to more than 25,000 – has been attributed to a number of factors, including a decrease in coverage during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
The New York Times reports that other factors include health inspectors being transferred from rat patrol to mass vaccination sites; an unusually wet summer; and the closings of restaurants in the early days of COVID-19, which forced rats to look outside more.
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