NBC Boston reports state officials have ordered the city to stop pouring dry ice down rat holes because the carbon dioxide the stuff gives off to suffocate the rats is not registered with the federal government as a pesticide and so is illegal, at least for killing rats.
A squicked-out citizen complains about what she saw at Dorchester Street and W. 4th:
There were a few black trash bags filled on the sidewalk this morning and as I walked by approx 10 cat-size rats came running out. No pic available as I was too traumatized and screaming.
Ed Grzyb went out into his Roslindale backyard this evening to see this scene:
Apparently this hawk wanted to grill the rat he caught tonight.
A concerned citizen reports rodents of unusual size in the fire swamp at Cambridge and Seattle streets in Allston:
Caller is reporting that there are rats the size of small dogs running around this area.
Up on Morris Street in East Boston, an equally concerned citizen with a rodent problem does not specify the size, but that's not what's concerning him or her:
A concerned citizen posts a photo of some uneven sidewalk bricks on Beacon Street across from the Common, says it's time for the city to spring for some rat poison, pronto:
Rats under side walk burrowing and causing sink holes.
A skeeved out citizen complains about the rats that have taken over Friend Street:
Rats! Lots of them. They get inside car engine compartments, drag garbage with them, eat through wires. We see them scurrying all over the place and see their paw prints in the snow around and under parked cars. There is a hole in wall of the Forecaster Building on the P&P-Parking-lot side where all sorts of rats go in and out.
Cambridge Day sounds the alarm.
"We have unleashed the fury," City Councilor Ken Reeves warns, in a story illustrated, of course, with a photo showing "the size of a dead Cambridge rat compared with an adult man’s foot."
Mike the Mad Biologist, who, as a Back Bay resident, knows something about rats, was amazed by what he saw in Central Square last night::
Saw one last night ~8pm scampering around in the open by City Hall. Big one too. Definitely could beat up Back Bay ones.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to approve what could be the first of ritzy new restaurants to go along with the fancy new apartments being built in Allston.
A concerned citizen grouses about rodents of unusual size on Washington Street:
Rats! Huge! Big as a Wombat!
Ed. note: Those would be some rats, since wombats can be as large as 77 lbs. Also: They are not reluctant to use their razor-sharp claws and "startled wombats can also charge humans and bowl them over, with the attendant risks of broken bones from the fall."
A hot-dog-loving citizen humblecomplains from Heldun Street in West Roxbury:
Our dachshund stuck her head under a plant near the sidewalk, found a rat and killed it!! Can inspectional services come by to make sure there isn't a bigger problem?
No need to click on the link, unless you want to see a picture of a dead rat (in surprisingly good condition, given the ferocity for which dachshunds are known).
A rat-averse citizen submits a photo of a pile of dead baby rats. He says he found all the rats in his car on Farrington Avenue (only click link if you wish to see a photo of a pile of dead baby rats):
There are so many. I have to kill them. They are nesting in my car. Someone needs to fix this so I don't have to keep murdering baby rats.
The Herald reports an explosion in the rat population on Savin Hill, possibly caused by construction along the Red Line.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports city officials say the North End's rat population seems to be down, thanks to a variety of efforts to keep the vermin out.
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