The Herald reports an explosion in the rat population on Savin Hill, possibly caused by construction along the Red Line.
Is it those hot, sweaty construction workers, who no doubt issue cat-calls to the rats as they scurry by? "Hey baby...how ya doin?" Must make the female rats ovulate right there on the spot and give the males a boner.
Or is it the coffee shop refuse strewn all over the damn place ? I've always contended that dunkin donuts products were (only) fit for rodent consumption.
Or maybe, the rats profit and multiply from the graft associated with local constructions just as their human rat counterparts (politicians, of course).
It's that the construction destroys their homes and so they go looking for new homes.
isn't an explosive increase in their numbers.....just an explosive increase in their visibility.
All the rats that were contentedly living out their lives in the Red Line tunnels are now attempting to do the same in the basements of Savin Hill.
Kinda makes me glad not to live anywhere near any place likely to see major construction.
I did a project in college where I had to interview a pest-control expert who works on major construction projects.
Basically, rats make homes where they'll be undisturbed by people (subway tunnels, etc.) They'll stay there until people disturb them via construction, at which point they'll scatter looking for new homes- in human homes, restaurants, gardens, streets, etc.
It's the same reason there was that giant rat infestation by Berklee after they tore down that nasty McDonalds.
You had to interview someone to know this? And in...hm...college? That's pretty sad and something you should probably not share. Although I guess it is good to learn something common sense did not tell you.
I imagine it's not just the track construction that's driving the rats into the neighborhood, but also whatever it is that they're doing (and BTW, does anyone know what they ARE doing?) outside JFK station, in that parking lot/entrance area along Sydney St. They've been digging that area up all summer, and it doesn't look like they're actually accomplishing much of anything.
But I'm sure that's a major portion of the rat problem as well.
They are putting in new fiber optic signal control cables as part of the effort to rebuild Columbia Junction (where the Braintree and Ashmont lines meet). The excavation work is not in the tunnels, but is installing trenches for the new cables along the tracks outside. They are also replacing some of the switches, which is why they have been having some weekend shut-downs. The rats must have burrowed into spaces along the tracks, but outdoors.They are true Dot Rats.