RAT PATROL: NEW YORK

August 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

We’re taking you on the hunt to eradicate New York City’s vermin problem.

Aired on August 20, 2018.

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>> RATS.
YOU SEE THEM ON THE SUBWAY, YOU
SEE THEM ON THE STREETS, THEY
EVEN INVADE OUR PLAYGROUNDS.
RATS HAVE BEEN THE FABRIC OF
CITY LIVING MORE THAN 100 YEARS.
THEIR NUMBERS APPEAR TO HAVE
SWELLED.
LAST COUNT AND ARMY OF 2 MILLION
STRONG.
NEW YORK CITY DEFINITELY HAS A
RAT PROBLEM AND NOW THE MAYOR IS
POURING IN MILLION FOSSETT A
TRAP.
EARLIER THIS YEAR HE ANNOUNCED A
$32 MILLION PROGRAM TO RID THE
CITY OF THE PESTS DECLARING A
NEW CHAPTER ON EXTERMINATING
RATS.
>> YOU CAN'T JUST EXTERMINATE
YOUR WAY OUT OF THE PROBLEM.
YOU HAVE TO GO DEEPER AND WHY
WE'RE GOING AT THE ROOT OF THE
PROBLEM, WHERE THE RATS LIVE AND
WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM.
YOU HAVE TO GO TO ALL THREE
REALITIES, FOOD, WHERE THEY LIVE
AND EXTERMINATE ON TOP OF THAT.
THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL SEE US TOO
MORE AND MORE FROM THIS POINT
ON.
>> PART OF THE PROBLEM IS RAT
PROOF GARBAGE CONTAINERS AND
SUFFOCATING THEM WITH ICE IN
THEIR BOROUGHS.
THIS SHOWS HOW BAD IT IS.
THIS SHOWS A RAT WREAKING HAVOC
ON A TRAIN.
[ SCREAMING ].
>> THE MAYOR AND PROBABLY ALL OF
NEW YORK CITY WANTS THESE
UNWELCOME VERMIM TO BE A LESS
VISIBLE PART OF OUR LIVES.
LIVING IN THE BUSHWICK HOUSES IN
BROOKLYN, THEY DEMONSTRATED THE
TECHNIQUE.
>> IT'S HARD TO SEE THEM DURING
THE DAY.
AT NIGHT, THEY'RE OUTSIDE AND
IT'S LIKE THEY'RE HAVING SO MUCH
FUN.
IT'S SCARY, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE
THEY'RE IN FRONT OF WHERE WE'RE
SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO BRING OUR
CHILDREN TO PLAY.
THE KIDS DON'T WANT TO PLAY
THERE.
>> WHILE THE CITY HAS THEIR
METHODS, THERE'S A GROUP OF NEW
YORKERS WHO HAS THEIRS AS WELL.
I SPENT THE DAY AND EVENING WITH
R.A.T.S., WHICH STANDS FOR THE
RALLY -- TREAD SOCIETY, USING
SPECIAL BRED DOGS TO FIGHT RATS.
THAT'S RIGHT.
RAT HUNTERS.
I'M AT THE EAST VILLAGE, A
STICKY WET MUGGY DAY.
THAT IS NOT STOPPING THE RAT
HUNTERS FROM COMING HERE AND
TRYING TO SMOKE OUT SOME OF THE
RATS.
WHILE LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY,
ONE THING PEOPLE REALIZE RIGHT
AWAY, THERE ARE A LOT OF RATS
HERE.
IT BECOME AS WAY OF LIFE.
THESE RAT HUNTERS HERE ARE
TRYING TO DO A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
THAT.
>> THE RATS HERE AND EAT ON THE
STREET.
>> YEAH.
>> SO THE PROBLEM IS THAT YOU
CAN'T GET THEM OUT OF HERE WITH
A DOG THE WAY WE DO ON THE
STREET.
EVERY TIME WE FILL UP ON THE
STREET THEY COME RUNNING IN HERE
AND WE CAN'T GET THEM OUT.
THIS IS ONE WAY THAT WE CAN TRY
TO REDUCE A FEW RATS
EFFECTIVELY.
WITH THE SMOKER WE GAS THE
HOLES, THE RATS EITHER RUN OUT
OR THEY DON'T.
IF THEY RUN OUT, THE DOGS
HOPEFULLY GET THEM.
IF THEY DON'T, THE SMOKE GETS
THEM.
>> REYNOLDS IS THE LEADER OF
THIS UNIQUE PACK OF RAT HUNTERS.
MARCUS AND O'TOOLE ARE BELGTON
TERRIERS.
HE IMMEDIATELY GOES FOR A RAT
BARRIER.
>> THIS IS ONE OF THE HOLES
HERE.
>> THE TEAM WAS AT IT FOR HOURS
FILLING THE BOROUGHS WITH SMOKE
AND KILLING A FEW IF THEY RUN
OUT.
AT FIRST A FEW CLOSE CALLS BUT
ALL MISSES.
>> I SAW IT RUN FROM THAT HOLE
OVER THAT WAY.
>> YOU BLEW IT!
>> THIS IS A KIND OF HIT AND
MISS THING.
YOU WILL NEVER KNOW HOW MANY
RATS YOU DISPATCHED DOWN HERE
TODAY BECAUSE THEY DON'T COME
OUT.
IF WE FILL A BOROUGH WITH
NOXIOUS FUMES AND WE RUN IT IN
THERE FOR FIVE MINUTES, WHATEVER
IS IN THERE IS DEAD.
IT WILL NEVER COME OUT.
DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE'VE SEEN
TWO COME OUT TODAY THROUGH THE
GAS, IF WE GET NONE, THEN IT'S
STILL A SUCCESS BECAUSE WE'VE
CUT DOWN THE RAT POPULATION.
>> AFTER THE CLOSE CALLS I
DECIDED TO PACK UP AND GO AND
MEET WITH THE TEAM LATER IN THE
EVENING.
THAT'S WHEN THEY FINALLY CAUGHT
ONE.
IT ALL WENT DOWN SO QUICKLY WE
ONLY HAD TIME TO SHOOT IT ON MY
CELL PHONE.
>> THERE IT IS RIGHT THERE!
>> LEAVE IT.
>> THEY MANAGED TO CAPTURE TWO
RATS IN THAT HUNTED.
THE DAY WAS STILL YOUNG.
A FEW HOURS LATER I MET UP WITH
THE TEAM IN THE BAR UKE HOUSES
AND MAKES THE PERFECT HUNTING
GROUND.
TYPICALLY HAS A HALF-DOZEN OR SO
HUNTERS WITH HIM BUT THE RAIN
KEPT MANY AWAY.
THEY GET STARTED IMMEDIATELY.
>> RATS LOVE THE HEAT AND
HUMIDITY.
>> WITH A TRAINED NOSE TO
LEADING THE WAY, FINDING THE
SCENT.
BUT IT PROVES TO BE A BIT
SLIPPERY.
LIKE EARLIER IN THIS DAY, IT
FAKES PATIENCE AND LUCK.
FINALLY, THEY CATCH ONE.
>> OH!
>> THEN TWO, THEN THREE, ABOUT A
DOZEN.
THE DOG OWNERS SAY THE DOGS ARE
IN A DANGER FOR DISEASE FROM
RATS BUT GET A GOOD WASHING
BEFORE THEY COME INSIDE THE
HOUSE.
HE SAYS THE DOGS ARE BETTER OFF
WITH A PURPOSE.
>> THEY'RE BETTER IN THE HOUSE
DUE TO IT.
THEY'RE FULFILLED
PSYCHOLOGICALLY AND PHYSICALLY.
THESE DOGS ARE BRED TO WORK,
WORKING ANIMALS.
A DOG IN A PET HOUSE ALL DAY
LONG SUFFERS, MAN, SUFFERS.
EVEN THOUGH PEOPLE HAVE THE BEST
INTENTIONS, THEY'RE THINKING
LIKE HUMANS AND NOT LIKE DOGS.
DOGS ARE MEANT TO HAVE A
PURPOSE.
NOT EVERYBODY HAS TO HUNT OR
KILL VERMIN, ANYTHING LIKE THAT,
THE DOG NEEDS A PURPOSE, I DON'T
CARE WHAT BREED.
A WORKING BREED TO ME IS THE
ONLY DOG TO OWN.
>> RICHARD HAS BEEN AT THIS OVER
30 YEARS AND SAYS THE OVERALL
IMPACT IS PROBABLY NEGLIGIBLE
AND HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HELP
RESEARCHERS, BLOOD TAKEN FROM
THE RATS AND HUNTED AND HOPING
TO REMOVE THEM FROM THE
POPULATION ESTIMATED AT 2
MILLION.

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