Rats! Report shows pest complaints jumped in NYC

Oct 12, 2014 12:16 PM by News Staff

NEW YORK (AP) - An audit by the New York City comptroller's office shows the number of pest complaints including rat problems jumped by more than 2,000.

The report says citizen calls about pests to the city's 311 hotline plus online reports went from 22,300 in fiscal year 2012 to 24,586 the next year.

At a Sunday news conference, Comptroller Scott Stringer said the health department isn't managing the problem effectively. He says health inspectors didn't follow through on protocols to combat the problem. In 160 cases, no field inspection was conducted.

A health department spokesman says the agency "strongly disagrees" with the audit, and the agency takes a proactive response to exterminating rats in the city.

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