Like Lexington Market, managers at Northeast decided to close today to address the rodent problem.
By Orkin’s count, Baltimore was still the eighth “rattiest” city in the country in 2017.
A little over a year ago, Baltimore City spent almost $9 million on free trash cans for residents to fend off rats and collect more garbage. Today, the city’s Department of Public Works announced that very same trash can program received a “Project of the Year” award from a regional public works association.
It’s not unusual to find rodents crawling out of a crevice in Baltimore. Usually, however, they don’t have cages. According to WBAL-TV, Baltimore City firefighters found more than 100 rats and mice caged up in the basement of a home in the 1000 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. on Saturday.
They dart into bushes, nibble their way in trash bags, or end up smashed and flattened on the pavement: Yes, Baltimore, you have a rat problem. The city has made various salvos in its war against the rodents, but as city residents could tell you, it seems like the rats might be winning. So far, at least.
There’s something I have to tell you about all this warm weather we’ve been having. It’s going to translate into more rats. No kidding.
When the mercury rises we humans go outside more and leave more food in trashcans, and you know who loves food? Rats. And I don’t want to freak anyone out, but in DC, some of the rats haven’t been fitting in the traps!
I figure we might as well accept our new rat reality. And you know what? At least there’s one group that can thrive in this city — I mean, am I right? Okay, so to get into mood, I assembled this YouTube mix for you, all about rats.
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – “Rats”
Wipers – “Return of the Rat”
Modest Mouse – “I Came as a Rat”
The Doors – “Dead Cats, Dead Rats”
The Kinks – “Rats”
Sonic Youth – “Rats”
GBH – “City Baby Attacked by Rats”