Borough president pushes for new trap program that intoxicates and drowns rats

Oh, rats!: A new rat trap device, which the office of the Borough President demonstrated on Thursday, drowns rodents in an alcoholic solution.
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You won’t smell a rat!

Borough President Eric Adams showed off dozens of dead rats to media assembled outside Borough Hall on Thursday as a demonstration of new rat trapping technology, which can store rodent carcasses for months — without causing a stink!

“It drops them into the bottom and they’re contained in there, there’s no scent, there’s no smell, there’s no decaying, there’s no spread of bacteria,” said exterminator Anthony Giaquinto, who joined Adams for the macabre publicity stunt on Sept. 5.

The metal contraption, created by the pest control company Rat Trap, lures rodents with sunflower seeds and nuts, before dropping them into the box’s alcoholic solution, which intoxicates the rats, eventually knocking them out and drowning them, according to Giaquinto, who works for Rat Trap.

“It’s quick!” exclaimed Giaquinto.

Adams claims that the boozed-up rats drown after about three minutes, and demonstrated that the trap could hold more than a dozen dead rodents at a time.

Beyond giving the rats a tipsy farewell, the trap’s alcoholic solution prevents their carcasses from smelling, making the trap preferable for inclosed spaces, and attracting more beady-eyed pests, since rats don’t approach areas where they smell other dead rodents, Adams explained.

“Rats don’t go to a place where they smell dead rats. So when you use the rat candy that the city uses, once a rat dies, other rats won’t go there,” Adams said.

The borough president’s announcement comes after a surge of rat sightings in Brooklyn. According to a recent report, anywhere between 250,000 to millions of rats live in the city, and Brooklyn houses more rodents than any other borough. In 2018, Brooklynites logged more than 6,500 rat complaints to the city’s 311 complaint hotline, dwarfing runner-up Manhattan’s 4,300 complaints.

Sanitations officials have repeatedly tried to mitigate the infestation crisis, shelling out $5.3 million dollars for mint-scented garbage bags that supposedly deterred the vermin, and releasing a $32 million war on rats in 2017 — both of which failed to shrink the number of pests.

At the press conference, Adams assailed the city’s failed extermination efforts in claiming officials should adopt his new rat killing tech.

“Something is wrong when we continue to throw money away on something that isn’t successful,” Adams said, adding that the new devices only cost between $300 and $400 a piece, including maintenance.

And, while Adams noted that the city has no plans to continue installing Rat Traps, he hopes to use discretionary funds to expand the program around Borough Hall, speak to the health officials and city council members about implementing the devices, and launch two more pilot programs at a public housing development and in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

“Our goal here at Borough Hall is to really look at the problem and come up with solutions, and we believe we found just that,” he said.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at or by calling (718) 260–8306. Follow her on Twitter @rose_n_adams
Updated 4:41 pm, September 5, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Matt from Bed Stuy says:
Change the behavior of the people if you want to stop the problem. Chucking your discarded chicken bones on the street and leaving your halal rice lunch by the curb after you had enough attracts rats besides being bad manners. Can’t you pigs hold onto your garbage until you see a waste basket? Don’t get me started on the nonstop spitting that goes on. Disgusting!
Sept. 5, 4:11 pm
Fort Greene says:
I resent the comment made by "Local from here". However, my questions pertains to the new rat trap product mentioned in the article. Once the rats have been contained, who cleans them out and resets these traps? For the time being, seems these traps will be located around Borough Hall. Any news on whether these traps will be placed in other parts of Bklyn?
Sept. 6, 8:59 am
Valerie from Ft. Greene says:
Borough Hall is an especially dirty neighborhood and doesn't have garbage pickup during the day. Court St. is a disgrace.
Sept. 6, 9:33 am
Bemused from Bushwick says:
I believe my comment about the fear of turning these rats into angry, drunk menaces like my uncle was deleted. How can we be sure these traps will do the trick and not make the problem worse (i.e. more violent, abusive rats)?
Sept. 6, 11:13 am
Definitely not an actual rat from the sewers I MEAN CLINTON HILL says:
Sheesh, this sounds expensive and ineffective. Why don't we just feed them to death. If we leave out all of our pizza and pretzels they'll probably get so full they'll all fall asleep and float down the sewers into the ocean. It's worth a shot, who's with me? FEED THE RATS! FEED THE RATS!
Sept. 6, 11:23 am
Fiddle Faddle. from Flatlands says:
Some People are dumping their un used food including full cooked meals in open and public places. They are pigs who should be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Sept. 6, 11:35 am
Loco from over there is neither here nor there. He is nowhere.
Sept. 6, 11:38 am
Omar Adom "OA" Zidan from 26 Fed says:
Brooklyn rats have nothing on Philadelphia rats. We need to be careful before the Philly Rat King takes the Amtrak to New York to expand his kingdom!
Sept. 6, 11:56 am
Some old white guy from Marine park says:
I’m worried about all our elected officials getting trapped. Alert them at once! Especially Marty Markowitz
Sept. 6, 12:59 pm
Karen Young from Bed-Stuy says:
This sounds like a really inhumane trapping method and I don't think we should be using it. I wish there was some way to sterilize rats so they wouldn't reproduce as much. Also, everybody is quite right that too many people dump their uneaten food right on the street and sidewalk (in train stations too). My mother would never have allowed me to do that. I don't get why people can't put their garbage in a trash can. People also put their household trash in street corner cans - guess it's too hard to learn where the cans for their bldg are, or when the garbage pickup for their block is. Hint: It's when all the garbage bags appear. We need a whole education program around trash. And more pickup.
Sept. 6, 1:27 pm
Freesia from Park Slope says:
Killing a living animal?? No thanks, not for me. This is why I’m a vegan.
Sept. 8, 4:33 pm

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