BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — People who live at the Marine Drive Apartments near Canalside in Buffalo say when the sun goes down, rats take over. The housing authority says they’re aware of the problem, and they are working to get rid of them as soon as possible, but it’s not an easy task.
According to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, the problem is being blamed on several things – including a massive electrical infrastructure upgrade, exposed trash, and the drought. But at the end of the day, residents say they just want the rodents gone.
Gail Cintron, a resident at the complex, described how large these rats in question are, she said, “They look like rabbits.” Cintron added, “It’s when you go to that thing to get the garbage, to put the garbage, you will see them running around, they have some traps around and you can see them.”
Modesto Candelario, the Assistant Executive Director with the BMHA, said “It’s a problem that is difficult to control, it is going to take some time before we get a full handle on it.”
Candelario said the rats are attracted to trash and litter that’s left outside of garbage totes. He said the recent construction during a multi-million dollar project is also a factor. The multi-phase electrical upgrade work disturbed much of the ground at the complex.
“We did some baiting prior to the construction, we have been baiting throughout the construction, but the number is much larger than we had anticipated or thought.”, said Candelario.
The dry summer weather is also a factor, because rats are known to travel much further to look for food and water during a drought.
Right now, according to Candelario, exterminators are trying to resolve the issue. In the meantime, officials are asking people to make sure their trash in securely placed inside the totes.
“We just ask the residents to bear with us, because it is not going to go away immediately, unfortunately.”