Boston's Rat Problem Draws Ire Of City Council

Trash bags on the streets of the North End in Boston. Photo: James Rojas/WBZ NewsRadio

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Boston City Council is fed up with the city's rat problem, and they're looking for answers. Several city councilors, including Kenzie Bok, Ed Flynn, and Ruthzee Louijeune, are floating the idea of a trash container pilot system to keep the rats under control.

The councilors want a hearing on the issue.

The city's rat problem has ballooned in recent years, and the filing from the council said the custom in some downtown neighborhoods is to store trash in plastic bags, which don't seem to be enough to ward off the rats.

WBZ's James Rojas visited the North End, where the rats have been particularly bad.

"Most of the bags are opened up, and the rats get in. It's pretty gnarly," said Mike, who lives in the area. "It's a problem with space mostly, they'd have to redo an entire system," he said.

"Everywhere you turn you see it, absolutely everywhere," another resident said.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) has more:

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