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Boston City Councilors say a perennial rat infestation problem across certain city neighborhoods has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic as food waste increases in residential areas.

“It’s a very distressing situation,” said Councilor Liz Breadon. “It’s not only emotionally distressing, but it could be a public health issue.”

Councilor Kenzie Bok, who represents Mission Hill, Longwood, Audubon Circle, Fenway, Kenmore, Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the West End, said calls about rodents are up in all the neighborhoods of her district. Councilor Ed Flynn also said he’s seen an increase in reports related to rat infestations.

 

'Aggressive' rat infestation in Boston neighborhoods worsened by COVID

Boston City Councilors say a perennial rat infestation problem across certain city neighborhoods has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic as food waste increases in residential areas. "It's a very distressing situation," said Councilor Liz Breadon. "It's not only emotionally distressing, but it could be a public health issue."