Claremont Houses in the Bronx

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Rats Invading NYCHA Housing Complex In The Bronx

October 16, 2018 - 9:43 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Residents of a Bronx public housing complex claim their homes are being plagued by an infestation of rats, which allegedly bit at least one child.

Rats the size of cats have taken over the Claremont Houses, turning up at all hours of the day but particularly at night.

“The just come in and out when they want to. I just patched up a big hole, about – so big. It’s gone crazy," one resident told WCBS 880's Sean Adams.

One resident captured video of giant rats crawling all over her stove, sink and washing machine.

Another woman said her 12-month-old son was bitten by a rat but that NYCHA still did nothing.

"They did not come out and do nothing to my apartment until hospital doctors told them about the condition and threatened to help sue them for the condition that my son is living in," she said.

Claremont Houses residents told ABC reporters that the rat infestation began in the courtyard but quickly spread to inside their homes.

"Our residents shouldn't have to live in these conditions,” NYCHA said in a statement Monday. “We apologize to our residents and will continue to vigilantly monitor this situation.”

Workers were in the complex on Monday to close holes in the walls and spray chemicals to force the rats out.