Here’s a Good Read About Rats You May Want to Check Out

Rats_largeWhile this probably won’t be much of a surprise to anyone, I’ve been somewhat focused on rats this year (and am sure that I will be on and off for as long as I live in Washington). As a follow-up to the Ward 1 Rat Summit held in November, I’ve been reading up on rats, what makes them thrive, and what residents can do to reduce their numbers in our communities.

As part of this adventure, I’ve come across a book titled Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants written by Robert Sullivan and published in 2004. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m finding it to be a great read. Not only is it very informative about rats and rat behavior, it’s also a very readable work that’s as much a history about New York City as it is about rats.

If you haven’t checked out this book before and you enjoy both reading and learning about urban environments, this could be a good winter read for you.

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One Comment on “Here’s a Good Read About Rats You May Want to Check Out”

  1. Angry Parakeet Says:

    I remember when this book came out and meant to read it. There’s a link on the author – he wrote a myth-debunking article for the New Republic following Hurricane Sandy. As nasty as they are in our midst, I had a charming pet rat years ago.


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