Brooklyn is the city’s most rat-infested borough: Report

Rat race: A new study revealed that Brooklynites reported more rat sightings than any other borough, despite an overall drop in complaints.
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Brooklyn remains infested by more beady-eyed rodents than any other borough in the city — a dubious distinction the borough’s held for the second year running, according to a newly released study.

Brooklynites logged more than 6,500 rat complaints to the city’s 311 complaint hotline in 2018, dwarfing runner-up Manhattan’s 4,300 complaints, according to the report by the apartment listing website, RentHop.

Prospect Heights remains the worst neighborhood for rat sightings anywhere in the city, with a yearly average of 530 calls per square mile. Residents in several north Brooklyn neighborhoods — including Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Clinton Hill, and Bushwick — also topped the charts for rodent complaints with hundreds of reports.

Southern Brooklyn has proven less popular among Kings County cheese eaters compared to northern Brooklyn neighborhoods, although complaints in Bay Ridge doubled from 2017 to 2018, the study revealed.

And for every rodent you see, there are thousands you don’t, according to RentHop, which claimed the high number of rodent sightings in New York City point to the existence of an unseen vermin kingdom.

“An estimate of about 250,000 to millions of rats lived in the city in 2017,” the report said. “To put these numbers into perspective, New York City’s rats are equal to approximately 20 percent of the human population.”

Kings County’s rat population did diminish between 2017 and 2018, with residents reporting less rat sightings year-over-year. In Prospect Heights, locals made half as many 311 complaints compared to 2017, and many southern Brooklyn neighborhoods boasted fewer than 100 sightings, with only 12 complaints filed in Gravesend last year, and 30 filed in Midwood.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $32 million assault on rats in 2017, which implemented rat-proof garbage cans and filled rat burrows with dry ice, may account for last year’s dwindling rodent stats.

But 2019 has already seen a spike in the number of rat sightings, the New York Times reported in May. Gentrification, tourism, and milder winters have helped bolster the rat population, the article claimed.

While 311 complaints are a useful way to gauge the rat problem, they are not a foolproof way to measure the rodent population.

According to a 2016 study of 311 calls in New York City, neighborhoods with high numbers of renters, buildings with more than 10 units, and unmarried heads of household tend to call the hotline less frequently, Governing Magazine reported.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at or by calling (718) 260–8306.
Updated 4:47 pm, August 6, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Digby Van der Planck from My yacht says:
The natives of north Brooklyn throw the trash right in the street, the hipsters have more manners
Aug. 6, 5:02 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Might be those organic brown cans the city wants you table scraps in.
Aug. 7, 11:31 am
Digby Van der Planck from My yacht says:
No Rufus, the natives of north Brooklyn throw the trash right in the street, the hipsters have more manners.
Aug. 7, 12:15 pm
Jim from Brooklyn says:
I guess Mayor Bill de Blasio is busy with the wall in Mexico...
Aug. 7, 1:43 pm
Antoinette from Rugby/Remsen Village says:
The increase in construction of new buildings aka gentrification, have disrupted the underground ecosystem for rats forcing them to come above ground for food, water. Coupled with increase in restaurants and the introduction of cafe’s with outside eating areas, along with poor cleaning from new resident, in addition to missed garbage pick ups, have attracted rats. In my Rugby/Remsen Village neighborhood along with Canarsie, Brownsville, Ocean Hill, we have the lowest rat infestation and I am not surprised,
Aug. 7, 11:47 pm
Bobby Ganoush says:
Wrong Antoinette! You have low rat reportings because those communities don’t care about garbage or noise. The new gentrifiers move in and make complaints because they are more civilized. There, I fixed it for you.
Aug. 8, 7:43 am
Kimber e from Sunset Park says:
I don't think its the tourist bringing in rats😂. Are we sure its rats? Because I've ran into oppussom on my nightly walks.
Aug. 8, 5:08 pm
Perry from Brooklyn Heights says:
It's interesting how much spite and sarcasm accompanies this story., e.g. Did the posting about gentrification warrant such a vicious response? Or the accusation against "residents of North Brooklyn"? Clearly such blame as there is lies somewhere beyond recourse to personal spite!
Aug. 10, 10:56 am

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