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http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix a multi-media journal of public affairs and popular culture produced by students at Hunter College Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:24:06 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.4 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=138 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=138#comments Mon, 20 Dec 2010 22:26:35 +0000 Meredith Deacon http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=138 I saw the lights were off and I asked what happened, and someone told me the Department of Health shut them down for live mice. I’m scared because I could be next. The mice could come here, and I have no control over it.”

A block north of that Tasti D-lite franchise, a construction worker was finishing the day’s work on a recent afternoon. He was wearily lining up orange cones next to a barricade, the lines in his weathered face telling a story of years of labor. When asked if it was possible that the drilling and blasting from the subway construction could contribute to increased pest activity in the neighborhood, he shook his hand in front of his face quickly. “No, no, no,” he said, putting his hardhat back on and retreating down the avenue.

“The subway construction has nothing to do with the breeding rate – it’s not going to create more rats in New York City,” says James Ciccone, a pest expert at Liberty Pest Control. “The problem is that they’re in public areas now, instead of underground. The subway construction is absolutely 100 percent responsible for that. Their habitat is being disrupted due to the demolition, and the pests need to find new spaces.Those spaces are found in neighboring local shops, restaurants, and bars.”

Ciccone puts it simply: “Now that the rats and other pests are on the mainland, as the weather gets colder, they will seek shelter. They’re looking for good food and warm temperatures. They’re a lot like us.”

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