Which came first, the rat or the steamroller? Sounds like a silly question, but for Chicago residents living near Wrigley Field, which is undergoing renovations, rats have become a real problem.
“We’ve had rats almost on a daily basis walking all around the neighborhood. In the streets, on the sidewalks, on people’s porches,” one resident reports. The rats began appearing soon after construction started. This isn’t the first incidence of construction causing a spike in rat problems. Some people may be quick to blame the arrival of the rats on the renovations, but the truth is, the rats were always there. When noisy construction equipment moves into an area and starts disrupting the rats’ food supply and tearing up their burrows, they are forced to move. Neighbors who had never noticed the rats before will begin having problems.