Rats can be a problem for residents, property owners, businesses and entire neighborhoods. Their gnawing and burrowing can cause damage and they can contaminate food, spread disease and reduce our quality of life.
Rats seek out places to live that provide them with everything they need to survive: food, water, shelter and safe ways for them to get around. To keep rats out of your property or neighborhood, you and your neighbors can take steps to make life more difficult for rats:
To learn more about how you can help your community and the Health Department prevent rats, check out the pages listed below.
Rat Information Portal
View rat inspection results and follow-up actions on our interactive map. Look up rat inspection history by address, borough, block and lot (BBL) number or by neighborhood.
Rat Mitigation Zones
Rats can contaminate food, spread disease and reduce our quality of life. Rat Mitigation Zones are areas with high levels of rat activity, where City agencies focus resources to address rats and the conditions that support them.
Use the Rat Mitigation Zones website to view data on rat complaints and NYC Health Department rat control.
Home and Community Prevention
Information for Businesses and Pest Management Professionals
Training for Residents and Professionals