- Anti-rat operations: A total of 4,950 anti-rat operations have taken place between January 2018 and July 2018 compared to 1,700 last year. This saw 200 parks and 600 buildings treated against rats.
- 140 people have been fined for “compulsively feeding” the rodents — more than three times the number at this point last year.
- 327 trash cans have been replaced by airtight containers.
- Covers have been placed on manholes to try and prevent rats from accessing the streets via the sewers.
- Several kinds of rat poisons have been tested.
- Mayor of the 17th arrondissement Geoffroy Boulard made a visit to New York for tips on how to get the French capital's rat problem under control.
While the City has claimed that the rat invasion has been contained as a result of the measure, others — including Boulard — say more needs to be done.
“The situation has got worse,” Boulard told the French press.
“Creches have had to close in my district because of the very pronounced infestation that made it impossible to keep them open,” he said, adding that schools in his district had also reported the presence of rats.
Boulard has criticised the City of Paris, saying that they left it too late to react to the rat problem.
And there are others on his side.
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