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Ben, The Two Of Us Need Look No More

Gas prices have sent subway ridership surging, and with those extra people comes extra litter, and therefore, extra rats. And according to amNY, the latest swarm doesn't appear much bothered by human presence.
"People have seen them sitting on benches," said Andrew Albert, an MTA board member and chair of the NYC Transit Riders Council, of the underground rodent problem. "From what riders have told us, they appear to be getting bolder.

Joel Sklar, a vice president at Assured Environments, one of the city's oldest and largest pest control companies, said he believes the subway rats have gotten more brazen for many reasons, including increased interaction with people. "Next thing you know the doors are going to open and one is going to come on the train with us," said Sklar, who commutes by subway to Lower Manhattan. "If it happened would it shock me? No."
The number of rats in NYC is estimated to be as many as 100 million. If only they ate pigeons. Rats don't bother me much. Since only the L train stations bother to tell you when the next train is arriving, you can always just watch the rats. When they take off, you know the train will come in about one minute.

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