Comptroller audit: City failing in rat control efforts

A report by the city comptroller says the Department of Health's rat and pest control program is making only a minor impact.



The audit by Comptroller Scott Stringer's office found that the Department of Health did not examine nearly a quarter of pest reports within its 10-day target.



It says the department also failed to tell residents to clean up garbage to prevent rat infestations.



Citizen complaints about pests to the 311 hotline and online complaints went from 22,300 in fiscal year 2012 to 24,586 the next year, according to the audit.



The health department issued a statement saying the agency "strongly disagrees" with the audit and is taking a proactive response to exterminating pests in the city.



AP wire services contributed to this report.


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