The Rats are Here and They are Not Leaving

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Experts say rats are infesting Metro Detroit. And they say officials trying to rid cities of the vermin have a very difficult task ahead.

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There’s something lurking throughout Metro Detroit.

They’re in abandoned homes and over-stuffed garages.

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cdc.gov

They desert sinking ships.

They have a good reputation in the Chinese zodiac. But they’re a bad name for someone who snitches on somebody else.

They are rats.

And they have been a problem for decades across the metro region.

Some groups are trying to get the vermin to scurry elsewhere, including the organization Royal Oak RATS, or Residents Are The Solution.

Screech owls prey on rats and can be easily attracted to a property by building them a house.Courtesy of Jan Bills
Courtesy of Jan Bills

Screech owls prey on rats and can be easily attracted to a property by building them a house.

Founder Jan Bills tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter the rodents that make many people’s skin crawl are not going anywhere anytime soon.

And Bills says they can show up almost any place.

 

Click the audio link above to hear the full conversation

 

And here’s Hollywood’s take on the creatures

 


Quinn Klinefelter, Senior News Editor

Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.

qklinefelter@wdet.org

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