Spike in Rat Sightings Blamed on Mild Winter
Somerville, New York, Chicago and Baltimore all experienced increased rodent sightings in 2012, according to Somerville's ResiStat blog.
In case you missed it (as I did), a September post on the city's ResiStat blog confirms what many already observed on their own: There seems to be more rats than usual in Somerville this year.
The ResiStat blog says the city's 311 system received about 52 percent more calls about rodent sightings in 2012 than in 2011.
It compared Somerville's data to data from other cities, namely Chicago, New York and Baltimore, and found those areas also saw a spike in rodent sightings.
The ResiStat blog suggests the mild winter we all had in 2012 is to blame.
The blog post also includes some information about what Somerville is doing about the rodent problem, a map of rodent sightings and a link to the city's new rodent webpage.