Move over bedbugs, rats are making a comeback in New York City subway system. According to a disturbing study conducted by State Senator Bill Perkins of Harlem, 9 out of 10 New Yorkers see a rat everyday while commuting.
The 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue subway station was ranked the worst in the survey released Thursday that rated all 20 northern Manhattan stations.
Straphangers claimed that rats ran as constant as trains underground. There’s vermin swarming the tracks, platforms and even underneath the riders’ seats.
The situation is so bad, that Perkins says he will soon launch a city-wide survey and is asking the M.T.A. for help.
MTA officials released a statement Thursday in response to Perkin’s survey, claiming the agency is working on fixing the problem.
“MTA New York City Transit routinely cleans station platforms and track areas of debris that may attract rodents. In stations, NYC Transit uses rodent resistant trash receptacles and routinely power washes platforms to eliminate liquid waste and grease.
“In addition, we use both pest control contractors and in-house exterminating forces to bait track areas and non-public station areas.”
Source: PIX 11 News