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Rats Taking Over Philadelphia Neighborhood Near Daycare

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"Creepy" and "disgusting" are just a few of the words Jeanine Avery uses to describe the giant rats she says have taken up residence behind her house and those of her neighbors on Burns Street.

"They've been in the bushes, behind the dumpster, behind the daycare. Hiding behind everything," added Avery.

It's a problem that has been going on for weeks. Avery says it started in a vacant lot with people dumping garbage. That has since been cleaned up, but not the pesky rodents who are now running wild.

Friday afternoon a Fox 29 camera caught the rats lurking from burrows in the lot and running freely. A health department spokesman told Fox 29 they're tackling the problem head on. In fact, on Friday a worker was seen placing bait.

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