US Capital City Declares War on Rats

Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a campaign to remove unwanted, often harmful creatures from Washington, D.C.

Their target is not corrupt officials or backroom political operatives. It is instead an animal: the common Norway Rat.

The capital of the United States is facing a growing rat population. Two of the reasons are mild winter conditions and growth in the city’s human population.

Washington’s government is struggling to keep up with the growing number of rats.

On one recent day, Health Department employees Pittman and Cornes work near the U.S. Capitol building. They put pieces of dry ice into suspected rat holes. Another day, they were sent north of the White House, where homeowners have reported rat sightings.


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