Brooklyn, N.Y. – In response to numerous rodent complaints in Carroll Gardens, State Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman led a team from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on a field visit through the neighborhood. On August 30, 2005 Assemblywoman Millman accompanied three Pest Control inspectors on a two and a half hour walking tour to determine the scope and cause of Carroll Gardens’ rat problem.
The field visit covered several blocks in Carroll Gardens where complaints have been highly concentrated. The Pest Control inspectors also revisited Carroll Park, where a baiting project conducted earlier this summer has resulted in substantial improvement. The inspectors agreed that a possible source of rats in is the Public Place site on Smith Street, an abandoned lot where overgrown vegetation and moist soil serve as a haven for nesting rats. To provide more information about the scope of the problem, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will conduct a geographical study of impacted blocks in the neighborhood.
The inspectors warned that although rats have an ideal breeding ground in the Public Place site, they must venture into the surrounding neighborhood – Carroll Gardens – to find food. "We must eliminate this serious health threat, and that starts with clearing and baiting the Public Place," said Assemblywoman Millman. "This community works hard to keep Carroll Gardens clean and safe, but we need help from the City when it comes to this inaccessible lot. I am working with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to get the Public Place site cleaned up quickly."
The Pest Control inspectors were impressed by the extent to which Carroll Gardens’ residents keep their property clean, their garbage bins covered, and otherwise meet New York City sanitation requirements. The team from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene commended Assemblywoman Millman for providing flyers to the community to keep residents informed of preventative tips to avoid attracting rats.