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New York seeking rat killing experts to rid city of rodents for whopping £140k

New York City wants a top-notch exterminator to help rid the city of its 18million rats.

The Big Apple is seemingly less of a rat race these days and more of a rat refuge if a job advert seeking a rodent killer is to be believed.

It was estimated in 2014 that for every person in New York there were two rats, meaning the vermin population now stands at approximately 18m.

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To address the issue, the government of NYC are looking to hire a Director of Rodent Migration and are willing to pay up to $170,000 (£140,000) for the right candidate.

Applicants will need a bachelor's degree and a "general aura of badassery", according to the amusing listing.

A "virulent vehemence for vermin" and the "drive, determination and killer instinct needed to fight the real enemy – New York City’s relentless rat population" are also desirable qualities that anybody interested in the vacancy should possess.

The ad continued: "Cunning, voracious, and prolific, New York City’s rats are legendary for their survival skills, but they don’t run this city – we do."

Action has been deemed necessary with complaints about rats up by 70% during the first eight months of 2022 compared to two years ago.

New laws are also being introduced that forbid New York residents from putting their rubbish out before 8pm.

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Currently, garbage can be left outside homes anytime after 4pm.

At last month's bill signing, Mayor Eric Adams delivered a purposeful message when he said: "I’ve made it clear I hate rats and we’re gonna kill some rats. We’re putting a dent in our rodent problem."

The new role was advertised just a week after the administration had asked agencies to cut 4,700 positions due to a budget shortfall.

To generate funds, the Sanitation Department were also recently selling $48 (£39) t-shirts bearing the slogan: "The rats don’t run this city. We do."

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