Rats in Westchester present distinct challenges due to health hazards, property damages, contamination risks, and their rapid reproductive rates.
Invasive rats carry and transmit dangerous diseases to humans and pets including Leptospirosis, Hantavirus, Rat-Bite Fever, and Salmonella among others. They also cause extensive destruction to insulation, wiring, furniture while spreading allergens.
Additionally, rats’ prolific breeding enables populations to quickly spike under ideal urban conditions. However, removal still poses ethical challenges regarding methods and environmental impact.
Managing Westchester’s rats requires an integrated pest management approach – incorporating sanitation measures, strategic trapping, habitat modification and public education. Sealing entries, limiting food access, instituting municipal cleanliness ordinances, enhanced multi-family housing standards and building maintenance are all fundamental prevention strategies for deterring infestations.