Brooklyn plans to get rid of rats by drowning them in booze

Posted at 8:32 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 20:32:13-04

BROOKLYN — Talk about drowning your problems in booze.

That's literally what Brooklyn is doing about its rat problem. People there are fed up with the rodents, so they're employing a new rat-dunking gadget to get rid of them.

It's made by a company called Rat Trap.

It looks like a plain box, but there are seeds and nuts in it, a nice little snack to lure the rats inside.

But once they're in there, there's a trap door that drops them into a mixture of water and alcohol. It knocks them out right away and they eventually drown.

"And they're contained in there. There is no scent there is no smell, there's no decaying, there's no spread of bacteria, there's nothing. They're in the unit until we clean them out," Rat Trap's Anthony Giaquinto said.

The city tested the box recently and ended up catching 107 rats with it in one month in one building.

Now the Rat Trap is headed for Brooklyn's most rat-infested neighborhoods.