New York City data shows rat sightings have spiked.
According to FOX 5, rodent sightings are up 70% from the same time two years ago.
More than 21,500 sightings were reported to the Big Apple’s 3-1-1 service request line between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30.
That number has risen by 18,601 rat calls from last year.
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Through April, people called in some 7,400 rat sightings.
The station said that the City Council is expected to vote on a rat action plan this month.
The multi-pronged plan includes $22 million for basket service and nearly $5 million for rat mitigation.
However, according to FOX 5, experts say the investment in mitigation is not nearly enough.
It includes rat mitigation zones and pre-construction rat plans.
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In July, the Department of Sanitation asked residents to put trash bags on curbs later, with exceptions for refuse in cans or bins, according to WNBC.
In August, Mayor Eric Adams announced a new plan to demolish abandoned dining sheds.
“These deserted dining sheds have become eyesores for neighbors and havens for rats, and we are going to tear them down, ” he said. “And, with this initiative, we are also taking the essential step toward a permanent Open Restaurants program that all New Yorkers can be proud of every day. I want to say it loud and clear: Outdoor dining is here to stay.”
Adams also announced padlocked curbside trash bins.
Rats can survive on less than an ounce of food a day.
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In 2021, 13 people were hospitalized due to leptospirosis, a condition that attacks the kidneys and liver.
One person died.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.