In a city where rats are said to overpopulate humans, some say fourfold, one fed up New York City resident says that no matter the exact numbers, he’s over it.
Residing on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Joseph Bolanos has posted signs of warning to those passing before his stoop on West 76th street.
Across a yellow, diamond-shaped background and surrounding the black silhouette of a rat they read: ‘RAT XING.’
‘A woman in the building next door said she could hear the rats outside screaming and screeching,’ Mr Bolanos told NBC News on Thursday.
‘I’ve heard neighbours thinking someone got attacked outside because they would hear shrieks, but it was just people who were passing by running with the fear of God in them from all of the rats frolicking like it’s Cirque du Soleil,’ he said.
The yellow signs meant to resemble commonly seen road signs – usually for more favourable creatures like ducks, deer or even school children – are now seen plastered around his neighbourhood.
Mr Bolanos says he hopes that if they serve as anything more than a warning to those walking, it’ll draw the attention of city officials.
‘I’d like to see if the city is going to do anything,’ he said. ‘Let’s see in the next 10 days if the city has an answer.’
He wants adjusted trash pick-up times for the area’s waste to curtail their current infestation, while also suggesting residents wait until two hours before the pickup time to drop it off outside.
Mr Bolanos is not alone.
Speaking at a so-called Rat Academy aimed at educating the West 76th Street’s area on ridding its streets of the vermin earlier this month was Manhattan’s Borough President, Scott Stringer, who’s a West 71st Street resident.