02/09/2015 | The Rodent Problem is Real In NYC Schools
In 2013, NYC's Newtown High School in Elmhurst suffered high numbers of health violations for having mice and roaches in the cafeteria--the highest number of violations out of all NY public schools, in fact.
Inspectors found over 100 mice droppings during one investigation while noting that Newton High has had 12 or more health violations since 2011. If a restaurant had received this many violations, it would have endured the consequences of receiving three failing inspections.
Unfortunately, other NYC school cafeterias have also been handed significant health violations by the city's Department of Health. Between 2011 and 2013, the NYCDH inspected nearly 5700 school cafeterias, resulting in the issuance of 2300 "public and critical health violations" which are considered serious offenses.
What Happens to NYC Schools Receiving Health Violations?
Unlike restaurants, which can be closed down indefinitely for pest infestations, schools will not be shut down or fined. Instead, schools receiving violations are mailed a document detailing each violation found in their cafeteria. This information is also made public on NYCDH's website. .
The Rise of the Rat in NYC
While all schools that receive health violations typically take action to rectify the situation, one pest that schools, restaurants and residential buildings cannot seem to keep out is the rat.
Since Hurricane Sandy, the rat population in NYC has been exponentially increasing with no end in sight. Last year, NYC began aggressively attacking the rat problem by engaging in integrated pest management, a specialized kind of pest control focusing on preventive measures. For example, the NYCHD now uses "geotagging" to determine location of rat reservoirs and train city employees on rat behavior to improve the efficacy of their IPM.
Additionally, NYC announced in 2013 that it would begin implementing sterilization of the city's rat population by neutralizing female rats' reproductive systems with chemically-laden bait stations.
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