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Posted at 6:49 PM ET, 09/ 2/2010

Our nation's capital of rats?

By editors

By Kathy Megyeri,

While sitting in the small park at the corner of Columbia Road and 16th Street NW in the middle of the day, I saw rats the size of house cats frolicking under park benches and ducking in and out of holes in the ground under bushes and shrubs. Granted, one woman was throwing part of her lunch onto the grass nearby, supposedly to feed the squirrels. But the bold rats were enticed out of the greenery to devour the food and munch happily in the shade. I am tempted to buy rat poison and pour it down the huge holes under the foliage, but surely this health hazard could be dealt with by the D.C. Parks and Recreation Commission or the Summer Youth Employment Program.

Such a scene is hardly appealing to visitors and D.C. residents, and it surely promotes disease and more breeding of vermin. It’s a problem that should not be ignored.

By editors  | September 2, 2010; 6:49 PM ET
Categories:  Adams Morgan, D.C., DMV, Fenty, environment, housing, parks, public health, wildlife  
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Send this remark to the DC government's Vector. Once they know about an infestation, particularly in public space, they usually get on it.

Rats must be loving this weather. I saw my first one here in Georgetown since the Spring just tonight.

Posted by: Georgetwoner | September 3, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Jesus, rats will always be with us. But feeding them is clearly a no-no that anyone should comprehend.

Posted by: krickey7 | September 3, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I would recommend calling the DC Dept of Health and ask for the Vector Division, I'm sure it'll get taken care of.

Posted by: barrycarey123 | September 5, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

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