April 12, 2004

Drats, Rats

I heard about an interesting chat transcript on the WaPo website regarding rats.

Robert Sullivan, the author of the book Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants took questions about rats, and a number of interesting facts are revealed. The fellow has a sense of humor:

Manhasset, N.Y.: what do you think of the movie “Willard?”

Robert Sullivan: I haven’t seen it. I am waiting for the musical.

I had a run-in with some rats in the yard last year. The neighbor insists on ignorantly leaving out dog food which is a bounty for the rats. The dogs are adjacent to our property and there are a number of good hiding places near our wood pile. However, I find rats interesting in that they live together in a symbiosis with humans. As Sullivan points out in the transcript, where there are people, there are rats. It’s my philosophy that it’s best to discourage a burgeoning rat population than to let them multiply, cause damage and then have to poison and kill them all. It has to be less costly to deal with a problem at the source.

Posted by James at April 12, 2004 6:28 PM
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