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."
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.