It’s no secret that the Big Apple is infested with large, dirty rats. The little furry guys practically run the city and they outnumber its residents by an astronomical number. So they can’t fight them off with conventional weaponry like knives, rifles and explosives but at least there’s a way to keep tabs on the little bastards. [Image via liftarn/Flickr]
The city’s Department and Health and Mental Hygiene set up a web portal that can actually track some of the larger rat populations around the city. It shows a map of the city’s boroughs and allows you to type in an address to show you just how infested your home, business or favorite restaurant (that you may or may not ever want to visit ever again) is with the city’s official rodent. The data comes from official inspections conducted by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in areas such as “active rat signs” and “problems conditions” where people often leave out trash or food that can attract rat populations. I feel really sorry for the poor son of a bitch who has to work as one of NYC’s rat trackers. It’s got to be the worst job in the city next to homeless urine sidewalk scrubber and Donald Trump’s image consultant.
So if you’re planning a trip to the city and you’ve never been here before, this is a good way to prepare yourself for the inevitable shock that is our rat population. They are LITERALLY everything. Hell, even the COED offices are infested with the little guys in between the walls and behind the office furniture. At least they are easier to deal with than some of our coworkers.