For a number of years hoards of rats have been showing up wherever our so-called homeless leave behind their trash. No longer limited to places like Los Angeles or San Francisco, the rat problem has found it’s way to Sacramento and not a moment too soon!
The city of Sacramento has started exterminating rats that have infested a vacant lot in Sacramento’s River District where the city plans to build a new fire station. However, the lot is occupied by many homeless encampments and they don’t want to move. This presents a problem. The lot is located on Ahern Street between North A and North B streets, causing city officials to worry the rats could also cause a health crisis, but only if you consider bubonic plague a health crisis.
City Councilman Jeff Harris, who represents the River District, alerted city officials to the problem in late August, after hearing about it from a man who lives at Quinn Cottages across the street, he said.
“I was pretty shocked when I went out there,” Harris said. “It’s well known that rats can bear a lot of diseases, so they are a potential health hazard. The fact that there are people living on the street means there are food items on the street and those are definitely attractive to rats.”