They are buried, naturally.
Matt Deodato is an exterminator in New York who fights the rat war . He told Insider he destroys burrows after killing rats with carbon monoxide.
Although, in the past, Deodato said he relied on companies to haul away the dead pests — or dear friends, to those who care — leaving them there has been beneficial, in his opinion.
“If you walk into a room and it’s full of smoke, you’re going to presume there’s a fire there and you’re going to stay out of that room, right? You’re not going to walk into a smokey house and say, ‘Oh, it’s okay, it’s a little smoke,'” Deodato, who also goes by “Matt the Rat Killer” in some circles, told Insider.
Deodato said this concept applies to the rats as well.
“I think the rat is doing the same as it smells decaying matter. A decaying rat. It figures, ‘Whatever killed that rat could kill me.’ So it kind of stays away from that area.”
From his observations, he has found that the rats are now thinking twice about burrowing in certain areas.
The City has used everything, from poison to outdoor traps.
However, NYC recently found a newer, and more humane, method. Pumping carbon monoxide into burrows is working to eliminate tons of rats. Per Gothamist, the city got rid of nearly all the rats from 100 rat burrows on a street in the city’s Upper East Side.
“It’s very quick,” Deodato previously told Insider. “It’s effective.”