Los Angeles City Hall Fighting Rat Problem With Cats | NBCLA

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PEST CONTROL TRUCKS DEPLOYED TO LOS ANGELES CITY HALL TO DEAL WITH A RAT AND FLEA INFESTATION. FIRST REPORTED BY THE NBC4 I-TEAM. AND AS OFFICIALS SEARCH FOR THE SOLUTIONS, PATRICK HEALY SPOKE TO THE HEAD OF ONE ORGANIZATION WHO SAYS SHE KNOWS THE PERFECT WAY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. PATRICK. >>Reporter: I CAUGHT THAT, COLLEEN. THE OUT OF THE BOX SOLUTION AS PROPOSED IS USING RODENTS’ NATURAL PREDATORS WHICH ARE CATS. NOW, THIS HAS BEEN DONE AT A NUMBER OF CITY LOCATIONS BEFORE. POST CONTROL PROFESSIONALS, MANY OF THEM HAVE CONCERNS. THEY BELIEVE THEIR TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES OF TRAPPING AND CHEMICALS WORK BETTER. EVEN PUBLIC HEALTH IS CONCERNED THAT UNSOCIALIZED CATS CAN THEMSELVES BECOME INFECTED AND POSE A RISK. BUT CLEARLY SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. YOU HAVE SEEN THE VIDEO OF CITY HALL STAFFERS CHASING A SMALL RODENT. RODENTS CONTINUE TO BE CAUGHT IN TRAPS PUT OUT IN OFFICES. THE GROUP VOICE FOR THE ANIMALS SHARED WITH US THIS VIDEO DOCUMENTING SUCCESS STORIES USING THE FELINE APPROACH AT THREE LAPD STATIONS THAT HAD RODENT ISSUES. THE GROUP WORKING WITH THE L.A. ANIMAL CONTROL BROUGHT IN RESCUED CATS. THEY NEEDED TO BE ACLIMATIZED TO THEIR NEW ENVIRONMENT AND STAYED ON ROAMING THE AREA. PROBLEM SOLVED. THE FOUNDER TOLD US SHE SEES NO REASON WHY THIS WOULD NOT WORK ON A LARGER SCALE IN L.A. CITY HALL. >>IT’S JUST CATS. IT’S SO EASY. AND INS SENSIBLE AND IT’S A GREEN PROGRAM AND SAVES LIVES OUT OF SHELTER. WEIGHS THE REASON NOT TO DO IT?>>Reporter: CATS USA IS THE NAME OF THE PEST CONTROL COMPANY THE CITY HIRED TO USE METHODS OTHER THAN REAL FELINES. IN SESSION TODAY DURING A BRIEFING CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT HERB WESSON RAISED THE NOTION OF DEPLOYING CATS IN CITY HALL BUT A DOCTOR RAISED DOUBTS. >>THE FLEAS FROM THE RATS WOULD IMMEDIATELY JUMP ON TO THE CATS. SO THE PROBLEM IS STILL OCCURRING. >>THE CATS WILL NOT HAVE FLEAS. EVERY RESCUER IN L.A. KNOWS IF YOU HAVE AN UNSOCIALIZED CAT YOU HAVE A PILL AND YOU GIVE IT TO THEM BEFORE YOU PUT THEM INTO A WORKING CATS PROGRAM AND IT STOPS THE FLEAS. THERE WILL BE NO FLEAS. >>Reporter: SO AFTER TALKING TO KAPLAN WE FOLLOWED UP WITH PUBLIC HEALTH AND ASKED WHAT IS THE CONCERN. WE WERE TOLD IT’S THE ONGOING CONCERN THAT THE CATS NEED TO STAY ON THOSE ANTI-FLEA MEDS AND THE DIFFICULTY OF GIVING UNSOCIALIZED CATS THE MEDS, MAKING SURE THEY STAY ON THEM. PHARRELL CATS NOT TREATED THEY POSTSEASON HEALTH CONCERNS OF THEIR OWN. KAPLAN ASSURED US THAT CARETAKERS CAN LEARN HOW TO KEEP THE UNSOCIALIZED CATS ON THEIR MEDS. SHE MAKES THE POINT THAT THE WAY THE CATS WORK IS IT’S THEIR SCENT. THEY DON’T TRAP AND KILL THE RODENTS. THEIR SCENT DRIVES THEM OFF. SHE TALKED TO A CITY COUNCIL OFFICE ABOUT INTRODUCING

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  1. So the cats pick up typhus and whatever else disease the rats carry ? Cats are not the answer. Are these cats going to the veterinarian for checkups ? I didn't think so….

  2. HEY MAYOR ,THERE IS A RECIPE FOR RAT MEAT STEW IT CAN BE USED TO FEED THE FREELOADERS YOUR WELCOMING IN FROM MEXICO.DO A TASTE TEST YOU WILL LIKE IT. NEEDS A TOUCH MORE SALT.

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