First New York City, now Dover: the trend of using dry ice to solve the cities’ rat infestations might be the next big wave in pest control this summer, at least in urban areas.
In mid-June, New York City and Dover, NH sanitation services began implementing a form of dry ice to combat the cities’ rat problems. After the teams finish seeking out the pesky burrows built by brown rats and Norway rats, they drop a few pellets of dry ice into the burrows in order to suffocate the inhabitants.
In 2016, this technique was used by New York City, Chicago, and Boston to aid in the fight against rat infestations. However, this came to a grinding halt when the Environmental Protection Agency claimed the technique was unusable; since dry ice wasn’t registered as an insecticide, fungicide, or rodenticide, the practice was stopped.
That all changed in 2017 once Bell Laboratory released its “Rat Ice,” a dry ice rodenticide registered by the EPA as a form of pest control. Now, the “Rat Ice” is registered in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. However, New York, Washington, and Illinois have also officially adopted dry ice methods for pest control.
Dry ice is a 100% ecologically safe option for cleaning, storage, and now pest control. Made from condensed, solid carbon dioxide, dry ice is used to displace the oxygen in the rats’ burrows as a new form of pest control application. When the hole is covered, the rats cannot escape, thus causing suffocation.
Although this might seem harsh for the rats, the rates of infestation in urban areas poses a risk to public health. Not only are they a toxic problem for cats, dogs, and birds that might interact with infected rats, they pose a risk to personal health and safety if unwitting children interact with the infected animals.
Dry ice cleaning has been used for years as an ecologically sound alternative to chemical washing. This practice has also been performed on all types of machines; some shop presses are even strong enough to deliver 30 tons of pressure. When this idea is applied to rodenticides, this makes for a much safer alternative to traditional poisons and often dangerous traps.
Rodenticides are a type of oral pesticide that is meant to kill rodents including rats, mice, squirrels, and any other pesky rodent creature. They’re known to contain chemicals that can damage wildlife, contaminate crops, and cause ecological harm.
Dry ice, however, only displaces the oxygen in the rats’ burrows, alleviating the need for poisons that could harm food and children. Though the dry ice application takes a little more time than traditional pesticide methods and its application is limited to green spaces — not residential use — making it a safer measure by comparison.
New York City and Dover are just two cities that recommend dry ice use as long as it’s performed by a trained professional. Handling dry ice can be tricky, as the extremely cold temperatures can cause burn-like injuries on untrained individuals.
New York City recognizes that dry ice, however, is not a cure-all. The city has recently launched a $32 million plan that targets rats in the most infected areas throughout New York City.
While dry ice might not be a one-stop-shop for curing the plague of rodenticides, this new method is a great way to safely eliminate infestations in public, green spaces.
Shop in the #JamaicaBID district this weekend for Fab Stealz and Dealz during Sidewalk Sale Days – Friday, July 6th thru Sunday, July 8th.
The Jamaica BID Sidewalk Sale Days Program is a weekend of deals and fabulous finds on Jamaica Avenue! These are the only dates and times businesses are permitted to display merchandise outside, including hanging items from awnings and/or canopies.
Merchandise, racks, tables and /or hangers cannot extend more than three  feet from the building. Sidewalk Sale Days are only permitted along Jamaica Avenue from Sutphin Blvd. to 169th St. including Union Hall Street.
Businesses displaying merchandise outside of Non-Sidewalk Sale Days will be ticketed, or possible confiscation of merchandise.
On Friday, June 15th the Jamaica BID held the 7th Annual Jamaica Just My Style Fashion Event, at Jamaica Performing Arts Center. The event bringing together influence’s for an evening of fashion, wine tasting and entertainment.
This year’s host was, Roxanne Roxanne, with DJ Sylk, and featured designer, Michele McPhee of Queens New York. Fashions from: Old Navy, Vanessa Boutique, Shoppers World, Jimmy Jazz, Danice, MadRag, Telco and Hot Point. Sponsors: Resorts World Casino NYC, Mattone Group Jamaica, LLC, Raymour & Flanigan, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Fresh & Healthy, MKJ Beauty, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Black Hawk Imports, and Chipotle Mexican Grill. Media coverage by: Keri’s Korner, Queensbuzz.com and Harlem Community News, special accessory ammenties from vendors: Jazzy Jewels by Jean Robinson, and Indulge Bath N Body by Marla G, and CGM Enterprises, Carl G. Morris, (Travel Services) social media/website coming soon.
See Media Footage:
JJMS 2018 Video: http://www.queensbuzz.com/
JJMS 2018 Media Ad: http://www.queensbuzz.com/homepage.php?userid=4690
JJMS 2018 Sneak Peek at Parsons Public Space June 9th : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ3FIb7ZBZY
Harlem Community News by Clark Illmatical
7th Annual JJMS Fashion Event
The BID thanks all of our Sponsors, Jamaica Avenue Retailers, Vendors, and the Community for making the 7th Annual JJMS Fashion Event, another success….See you next year!