(MM) NEW TONIGHT — RESIDENTS OF ONE WARWICK NEIGHBORHOOD ARE BEING WARNED ABOUT AN UPTICK IN RAT SIGHTINGS. (CG) FLYERS DISTRIBUTED IN GOVERNOR FRANCIS FARMS SAY NORWEGIAN WATER RATS ARE BEING DISTURBED BY A MAJOR SEWER CONSTRUCTION PROJECT. NOW —- RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO BE VIGILANT —- AND TO TAKE ACTION. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER KIM KALUNIAN JOINS US IN STUDIO WITH MORE — NEW AT FIVE THIRTY. (KK) MIKE THIS FLYER WAS LEFT ON RESIDENTS’ DOOR KNOBS LAST WEEKEND IT ADVISES THEM TO ELIMINATE FOOD AND WATER SOURCES THAT MIGHT ATTRACT THE RATS — AND ENCOURAGES THEM TO SET TRAPS TO CATCH THEM. SEWER CONSTRUCTION IN WARWICK’S GOVERNOR FRANCIS FARMS NEIGHBORHOOD HAS HAD AN UNWELCOME SIDE EFFECT– The largest ones I caught were probably 12 to 14 inches long FOOT LONG RATS — NORWEGIAN WATER RATS ACCORDING THIS FLYER DISTRIBUTED TO ABOUT 250 RESIDENTS THIS WEEK. THE FLYER SAYS THE RATS HAVE BEEN SEEN AND TRAPPED AROUND THE AREA DISTURBED BY SEWER CONSTRUCTION. They’re brazen enough actually we’ve seen them during the 11 oclock in the morning there was one sitting on the deck one morning, sitting there sunning itself looking around BOB WILLIAMS FOLLOWED THE ADVICE ON THE FLYER — AND SET UP TRAPS. Over the last three, three-and-a-half weeks I’ve snap trapped and killed 13 of them. It is being disrupted because of the sewer installation. However, if you’re going to make an omelette you’re going to have to crack some eggs. COUNCILMAN RICK CORLEY SAYS HE’S BEEN WORKING WITH THE SEWER AUTHORITY AND THE CITY TO RECTIFY THE ISSUE….BRINGING IN A PEST CONTROL COMPANY. I have been told that usualy there is a nesting place for vermin like rats and if you can find the nest and eradicate that then hopefully the problem will go away. WILLIAMS AND OTHER RESIDENTS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ERADICATION — AND RETURNING TO THE WILDLIFE THEY’RE MORE ACCUSTOMED TO. I’ve seen squirrels and rabbits and stuff, but never rats. Matter of fact, some of these rats are bigger than the rabbits. (KK) AND RESIDENTS ARE BEING TOLD TO BE CAUTIOUS — NOT TO USE POISON OR MOTHBALLS WHICH COULD KILL OTHER WILDLIFE… ANYONE WHO WANTS TO REPORT AREAS IN WHICH RATS COULD THRIVE CAN CALL WARWICK ANIMAL CONTROL. KK EWN.