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By adamg - 11/20/23 - 2:56 pm

Two at-wit's-end citizens file 311 complaints about conditions in the North End.

Let's start with the screaming veteran suicide guy and the firecracker guys on Hanover Street: Read more.

By adamg - 11/12/23 - 5:49 pm

The Huntington News reports on rats and mice running roughshod over Huskies. One student was bitten, another reports putting towels under her doors to try to keep one hallway mouse from getting around, a third describes the situation of students competing for the best rooms only to get rodents as "ironic."

By adamg - 10/16/23 - 11:45 am

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about the situation at Bartlett Street and Lambert Avenue in Roxbury now that the coyotes that used to live there have moved on: Read more.

By adamg - 7/28/23 - 11:36 am

A frantic citizen files a 311 complaint about the unstoppable rats swarming Commonwealth and Chestnut Hill avenues: Read more.

By adamg - 6/20/23 - 4:44 pm

A South Boston citizen files a 311 complaint about furry things scurrying about the area of L and East 6th streets that are the size of bunnies but aren't bunnies: Read more.

By adamg - 4/23/23 - 12:21 pm

Andrew Joslin reports test results show a fatal dose of a commonly used rodenticide in the blood of a young great horned owl found on the ground under its nest near the DCR swimming pool and rink on Turtle Pond Parkway in Hyde Park earlier this month. Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/23 - 10:29 am

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about the situation on M Street near East 6th Street in South Boston: Read more.

By adamg - 3/17/23 - 11:53 am
Jerry the rat

Jerry in a box. Photo by TPD.

Transit Police report a man who rides the rails with his rat Jerry went too far at the Oak Grove Orange Line station yesterday afternoon: As he sat and boozed it up, he used Jerry to threaten passersby, around 4 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 1/15/23 - 8:55 pm

A concerned citizen files a 311 report about the "hissing aggressive rats running continually between Willow Court, Willow Street and Acorn Street," rats that are "too fast for me to catch them on camera!"

By adamg - 8/6/22 - 11:38 am

A disgusted citizen files a 311 complaint about the Bakersfield Street/Kelvin Road area in Dorchester, that reads like a summary of the story about the guy in the Amazon, only with rats instead of ants. Complete with photo of five traps atop a trash bin showing, rather graphically, how four of the traps were activated successfully. Read more.

By adamg - 8/1/22 - 4:11 pm
Bob Williams talks about rats

Union Park's Williams: Enough with the wire-harness-chomping, backyard-destroying rats.

The rat barrage that grew worse with the pandemic hasn't eased and now residents are having to deal with cars sustaining thousands of dollars of damage from rats chewing through wiring and asphalt surfaces collapsing from all the rat burrows under them on top of all general grossness of seeing rat families having giant family reunions in people's yards and in local parks. Read more.

By adamg - 8/1/22 - 11:23 am

Reclaim Rock City is a group of people in Allston who are tired of all the rats and have started organizing to figure out how to fight the little beasts. They're holding a community fair at Ringer Park on Saturday with "free local music, games, sports, poetry, freebies, and collaborative art" along with the chance to talk anti-vermin strategies. They also have a survey.

By adamg - 12/6/21 - 9:38 am

The Crimson reports Cambridge is looking to hire a rodent control liaison to coordinate city efforts to do something, anything, about a rising tide of rat complaints.

By adamg - 9/14/21 - 10:48 am

Ben (1972) - Official Trailer (HD)

Wicked Local Cambridge reports Cambridge wants to hire a "rat liaison," not to negotiate terms of surrender with Remy and Ben to serve as a sort of rat czar to deal with growing numbers of rar complaints from residents, only you can't call the person a czar in the People's Republic.

Newton residents come to grim realization that their garden city has rats.

By adamg - 9/12/21 - 6:30 pm


The Heights reports on Newton's rat woes, quotes a rat expert that residents need to stop blaming construction and start looking at how they handle their trash.

By adamg - 10/30/20 - 8:47 am

"Oh, rats!" Coach Bolster was no doubt thinking at DTX this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 9/22/20 - 3:53 pm
Rat Day poster

In 1917, the Women's Municipal League offered bounties for rats. More info.

The city's top rat official told city councilors today that ISD's rat team will soon resume use of dry ice to kill rats - and just in time, what with growing rat complaints coming in from all parts of the city. Read more.

By adamg - 8/13/20 - 9:50 am

Based on complaints pouring into Boston's 311 system, we are a city overrun by rats, giant ones, spilling out of holes, shrubs and people's toilets, roaming the streets like they own the joint. Case in point, a complaint from Athens Street in South Boston: Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/20 - 3:07 pm

DigBoston reports on increased rat sightings in both Boston and Cambridge as coronvirus deprives the rodents of a major food source - restaurant dumpsters, and quotes a Boston city rat expert who says local rats have gotten more aggressive in general and in terms of finding food in particular. More specifically, adult rats are now eating baby rats.

By adamg - 1/20/20 - 11:04 am
Rat tracks in the snow in the North End

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about all the rats at Lewis and Commercial streets in the North End. Read more.

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