The woman who heads up the “rats sub-committee” (I’m not making that up) reports in a recent issue of Boston’s North End/Waterfront neighborhood association’s newsletter, on the latest efforts to drive vermin out of town.
“Because 40% of the North End is on man-made land, there is a large matrix of burrows that exist underground. She recommends property owners clean with pinesol or sulfanaptha (available at Green Cross Pharmacy). Dog waste that is not picked up also attracts rats. She advises residents not to feed the birds. A consistent issue is the ‘trash-pickers’ that open garbage bags during the night. Lastly, she noted a situation on Charter St. where cooked spaghetti and meatballs were being thrown out the window onto the street.”
As opposed to “raw spaghetti and meatballs”? Is someone on Charter Street intentionally feeding the rats traditional Italian cuisine? Was there a family argument that culminated in food-throwing? Did a disgruntled restaurant diner throw his meal onto the street? I think this situation warrants further investigation. Oh Jessica Fletcher, where are you when we need you?
And hey -- speaking of Boston's North End, remember this classic commercial for Prince Spaghetti?