Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Rat Killing on the Cheap

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to a rock-and-roll stage prop in his Sisyphean fight against Chicago rats, kicking off a limited-trial program to see how well dry ice kills the beasts.

    With the mayor looking on in a Near North park Tuesday afternoon, a Streets and Sanitation crew jammed the ice into a few rat holes and covered them up. The torturous idea: As the ice melts, it turns into carbon dioxide — suffocating any animals inside.
This might be effective against a rats nest with a single entrance/exit, but years of observation in various alleys across this fine city has led us to the conclusion that rats seldom rely a single exit. This is borne out by some quick research over at this site, which describes an average burrow as having up to 6 exits.

Maybe something like this would be effective.

Or this.

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75 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen pictures of huge rats almost the size of raccoons in NYC shoe stores and housing projects. Maybe we should grab a few of those ratweilers from the sky-scraper-height-record-thieves-with-mediocre-pizza (NYC) and set them loose on the south and west sides. The big rats eat the little rats, our fine gang bangers are busy shooting at these man-eating rats, they exterminate them (with some of our gang members unfourtanetly getting swallowed whole), the gang bangers wind up settling their differences because they've found a common enemy, and we solve 2 problems at once.

9/21/2016 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dry ice sublimes to CO2. It increases in volume about 2000 times. And due to its coldness it goes to the low points in the burrows.
It is also quite environmentally friendly, though AL Gore might have a hissy fit.

9/21/2016 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently Rahm doesnt have Google. Total nitwits running this show.

9/21/2016 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cat Lives Matter

Support your neighborhood free roaming cat population by occasional feedings, especially throughout the winter months, and they'll feast off the spring, summer and fall rodent communities.

Free Roaming Cats

The gift that keeps on giving......

9/21/2016 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe a dump truck load of dry ice in City Hall is the answer. But most likely our Alderats have escape routes, like real rats.

9/21/2016 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But how do we get rid of the two legged rats in city hall?

9/21/2016 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't walk across an alley in Lincoln park or Downtown with out running in a Rat..

9/21/2016 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city did something to decrease the coyote population, which kept the skunk and rat population in check. Now that their numbers are reduced, the rat and skunk population increased.

9/21/2016 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor Rahm I. Emanuel "...kicking off a limited-trial program to see how well dry ice kills [rats]."

AAAhahaha.

DivvyRats now?

AAAhaha.

What, "limited trial?' I don't get back from my rebate card if enough don't show up just outside the fence line, all blue and gasping for air?

WAAhahaha.

"Sanctuary City" morphed to "Welcoming City" by Rahm I. You go back and try to find the story about huge mounds of women's shoes and empty #10 cans of pozole and tires and batteries and baby diapers and whole front ends of cars, ref. 025 Bel/Cragin, that got a female Hispanic S & S supervisor fired for even mentioning the huge human overpop, 15 + to one single-family house, and we'll talk about it.

Yo! Rahm!

We rats.

WE YOU COMING TO GET!

You can be sure that he's seen more than one already, muzzling around his "organic carrots." That "out of the corner of my eye but I'll pretend it wasn't there" thing.

GAA. GAAhaha.

>pfft<

9/21/2016 01:09:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

alley cats coyotes and hawks are all good too And free Of course of people would stop leaving food out....

9/21/2016 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dry ice works in fields and parks. Any one thinking that ONE method will work everywhere is deluded. Rats were here before we were and will be here after we are gone.

Maybe someone should invent a rat killing bot? A snake to search the burrows?

How about hiring some thugs to hunt these things with airguns? Offer them $20 a night and a quarter per rat bounty. Bonus--- Maybe they would learn to aim, and fewer grandmothers and toddlers would be shot.

9/21/2016 01:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those videos were awesome! Thanks

9/21/2016 01:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a truck load of that stuff for the city council chamber for their next meeting. Plenty of rats in city hall. Two legged ones.

9/21/2016 02:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I'm speak for everyone when I say enough with these damn emails lol. Oh wait wrong scandal

9/21/2016 02:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are correct about multiple rat entrances SCC, City Hall has 4.

9/21/2016 03:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Years ago, there used to be a LOT of rats walking around Grant Park and the IC tracks at night. They would walk right along the concrete wall that divides the Park and the Track area (like across from the Conrad Hilton). If you were there watching, you would initially think your eyes were playing tricks on you, but when you watched closely, you saw dozens of rats making their way around the Park. (that was a scary sight)

I think if you put dry ice in one area, you are going to drive them out like a herd of cattle to who knows where?

ALL people have to see are hundreds of rats scampering to some new feeding ground and it will be like watching "Willard".

Good luck with the dry ice strategy.



9/21/2016 03:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I lived in Pilsen, I hit a rat with a bat and he ran down his hole, Two days latter the same rat, minus an eye appeared off of Canal and Roosevelt. True story. Rats don't die easy, you can throw dry ice up Rahm' ass and it will just make him catch a few shakes. Come to think of it, Rahm has a rat face ! Check his nose and ears out, forehead too. Just put some fur on the face and you have _RATMAN"

9/21/2016 04:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Stotes and weezles?? They are great at killing large rats and added bonus they eat rabbits and can help control their population.

9/21/2016 04:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terriers. Will an air rifle keep your bed warm?

9/21/2016 05:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the early '80s, midnights in 018. Anyone with a new weapon, or just looking to "kill" some time, would go out to goose island, which was nearly deserted and abandoned, and shoot rats. The resultant rare "shots fired" calls were quickly attributed to "random project gunfire" from nearby Cabrini and coded/filed. Good times, indeed.

9/21/2016 05:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously some connected outfit has a dry ice supply to sell. Dry ice isn't cheap
Expect PETA do be all over this very soon. #RLM

9/21/2016 06:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great videos. Fish in a barrel. The Chicago yuppie tax payers would never go for that. They would want you to use organic or gluten free rat poison.

9/21/2016 06:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At Pritzker park on the corner of State and Van Buren there is a rat colony in the landscape that is bigger than some urban apartments . . . and I'm not talking about the shitheads that sit there at all hours drinking and selling dope to the college kids. Although, the rats and shitheads seem to have a mutual respect for each other.

9/21/2016 07:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They need to block off all exits to city hall and drop a few tons of dry ice there maybe that will kill all the rats.

9/21/2016 07:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Phil the Thrill said...

Let's bring this guy to chicago with a contract so he gets a certain dollar amount per rat. SCC you out did yourself. I knew there were deer hunters and boar hunters even snake hunters from my time down south but I didn't know there were rat hunters. Excellent!! He could also take care of pigeons, aka flying rats!!! Thanks for the video

9/21/2016 07:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never seen rats up in 016 like I have now. They are everywhere. Glad I am paying so much more in property taxes. Thanks Rahm. You are the worst Mayor in the Country. That is quite on honor.

9/21/2016 07:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor waste management in the communities with rats is the problem. As long as folks throw garbage all about, rats will continue to feed.

9/21/2016 07:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trying to do things on the cheapo. Or maybe a donor peddles frozen carbon dioxide and he has to repay said donor?

This clown can't even kill rats efficiently or correctly.

Maybe he is reluctant to exterminate the vermin because he feels a certain kinship to the cowardly little rodents who eat out of garbage cans in dark alleys...

9/21/2016 07:42:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

Dry Ice used to be my nickname.

I was smoking' but I was cool.

9/21/2016 07:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deputize the streets and sans guys, arm them with air rifles, deploy them to the west and south sides to flank the two legged rats and march them into the lake..

9/21/2016 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vanecko Dry Ice Company contract !!

9/21/2016 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of my younger days. One of the county hospitals had a dump area and my buddies and I would go out there on a moonlit night with our .22's and plink away. We didn't have night vision of course, but we would eliminate around 100 of those bugger in a couple hours.

9/21/2016 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

it may be ineffective, but all Rahm's people get paid behind. now lets discuss the differemce between the rats in the alley and the ones on Michigan ave...

9/21/2016 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Lang Ice in the 11 th Ward and don't they make dry ice. Just sayin. Kell

9/21/2016 08:57:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

Yep, SCC you're right. Unless they get every hole to a nest filled with Dry Ice this is money wasted.

BTW, I hate to get technical but I can't help it, it's the Mechanical Engineer still in me, and something in the article immediately bugged me, this sentence: ......
---- "As the ice melts, it turns into carbon dioxide — suffocating any animals inside." ----
Here's the thing, Dry Ice doesn't "melt". It 'evaporates' (correct term is 'sublimation'), going from a solid directly to a gas. There isn't any liquid stage, ergo there isn't any 'melting', and why it's called 'dry' (duh. lol)

ps: For those who may wonder, the surface temp of Dry Ice is -109.3F and the sublimation (evaporation) starts on immediate exposure to atmosphere.

ps: Doesn't anyone know anything about Science anyone? WTF is taught in schools now?

9/21/2016 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It can be plausibly inferred that Rahm's similar-such
acumen at dealing with with Chicago's plague of anti-
social, hyper-violent, society-hating, human in physical
form only denizen from the West and South sides - will
yield the same results as shoving CO2 down a typical
Chicago rat-hole and expecting something magical to
happen because one of Rahm's "Propeller-Head" whiz
kids did a Wikipedia search...

The majority of voting Chicagoans are just fucking
STUPID for gifting Rahm with a second term.

Yeah... Give him EIGHT years (Big-Assed HINT!) to become
entrenched versus FOUR then bouncing HIS ASS in favor of
the other guyif he doesn't deliver.

It's the ONLY reasonable self-defensive voting booth
strategy we have at our disposal in Chicago,
Cook County and Illinois...

THAT, is how urban tax-paying voters can try to keep
regimes from taking root, becoming entrenched and
empowered enough to openly flout the very notion of
responsive representative governance.

Gawd...
We can't wait to hear Rahm's delayed but much
anticipated finely minced Clinton-esque word-salad
of a speech regarding:
-I'm gonna hire 500 Cops Next Year*-

*Regardless Of ALL Indications That As Many As 1000
Or More Are Preparing To Flee CPD Out Of Sore Desire
For Self-Preservation.

How, at this late stage in the game, can m/fers refuse to
ask the right questions in regard to this?

"The Community Doesn't trust The Police."

Chew on this:

The Police have absolutely no faith in
"The Community" actually being able to set
a corrected course for itself and boldly
stepping from behind the comparatively few
though intentionally magnified misdeeds,
if not mistakes by individual Policemen
that can be UNARGUABLY LAID AT THE FEET
OF THE MAYOR!

Failure to properly fund.
Failure to properly staff.
Failure to provide for proper training.

"Doing More With Less"
is just corporate buzz-wordy bullshit
to justify trying to overlay Bean-Counterism
on something as messy, unpredictable and
dangerous as Street Policing.

Corporate end-user and Street Policing end-user
have the sum total of dick-all in common but
that doesn't stop these m/fers who fancy themselves
to be the smart one in any room they deign to stand in,
from afflicting Policemen and tax-payers with their
bright ideas.

Seriously? CO2 down a Chicago rat-hole?

>Visualizing a front-end loader trundling up the decrepit
front stairs of a Memphis-Town shit shack to shove a
refrigerator-size block of CO2 through the front door
as the many m/fers who nest in the joint go running
out the back door<

"GAAHH! We don't understand why you Cops
are so mean, hateful and uncaring!"

9/21/2016 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley-Vanecko Dry Ice Supply comes to mind. One ounce block of dry ice and a six man crew, plus a driver, supervisor and ward superintendent.
City Hall is a perfect example of a rathole with multiple entrance-exits and one would have to wonder if there's enough dry ice to pack into the next Council Meeting.

9/21/2016 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe someone should place 100lb block of dry ice in the City council chambers and seal it up.

9/21/2016 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer the Bill Murray method. If it works for gophers, it will work for rats!

9/21/2016 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous There is a better way... said...

Just an idea....Give the department members frangible ammunition, and let them target practice during their tour....
Just an idea....

9/21/2016 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woman up the street was putting 10+ pounds of peanuts out a week to feed the squirrels(tree climbing rats). Wouldn't stop and we also ended up with regular rats. Finally had Fish and Game order her to stop feeding them. Once the food source disappeared,and with the help of a pair of great horned owls the problem ended. Those big owls also nailed quite a few feral cats.

9/21/2016 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a rat in the kitchen what I'm a gonna do. There's a rat in the kitchen what I'm a gonna do. I'm gonna get that rat that's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna get that rat. Ub 40 ( another waste of taxpayers money )

9/21/2016 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a second. I thought they were bringing in this magic hormone bait that makes rats infertile.

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/March-2015/birth-control-for-rats/

Oh, well. At least the rats are part of "Big Data" now.

http://datasmart.ash.harvard.edu/news/article/using-predictive-analytics-to-combat-rodents-in-chicago-271

It's CompRat!

Every sanitation textbook written in the last 150 years or so says to "put garbage in metal containers with tight-fitting lids."

Thus, the flip-top plastic garbage tote. Put bricks on top of the flimsy lid, and they'll gnaw right through the plastic at the corner and hop in.

Some people really try, with bungee cords and stuff, but there are others who can't even hit the can with their trash. Plus the dog crap, always a big attractant. Big foil catering trays of spoiled food left out next to the can, like something is going to make it disappear...

So it goes...

9/21/2016 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this city is a bunch a rats. Put some in mayors office and superintendents office. PERFECT CURE.



9/21/2016 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say we take off, nuke the rat holes from orbit.

It's the only way to be sure.

9/21/2016 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, over in Lakeview . . .


https://youtu.be/BOv5ZjAOpC8

9/21/2016 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im sure if streets & san actually looked at the condition of some of their garbage cans, some of which been around since the beginning of the black plastic cans, and replaced those with defective or non-existant lids, that might do much to control the rat population. Of course picking up the blue recycle cans which always have their lids propped open by the sheer amount of recyclables in them more than once a week might help too - but I only live here

9/21/2016 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put the dry ice in the city council chambers and seal the exits. THAT will take care of a LOT of rats, for sure!!!

9/21/2016 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone pull an Rd for animal torture

9/21/2016 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Quint said...

I'll find 'em for 3, but I'll catch 'em, and kill 'em, for 10.

9/21/2016 04:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard J. Daley reposes in a huge sarcophagus hewn from this very same dry ice, located under 300 feet of granite in a secure facility that has been blocked from viewing on Google Earth.

The chamber is guarded by very stern, silent, huge-muscled Nubian sentries, bare-chested, wearing turbans and pantaloons and wielding scimitars. They step forward and cross their swords across the thick bronze doors if anyone approaches. Clang!

The place is lit by flickering torches, and a soft, other-worldly music plays. Woo-OOO-ooo...

The Boss will be reanimated -- slowly, carefully -- by an international team of white-coated specialists when it is decided that The Time Has Come.

So it is told. So it shall be.

9/21/2016 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I think if you put dry ice in one area, you are going to drive them out like a herd of cattle to who knows where?

"All people have to see are hundreds of rats scampering to some new feeding ground and it will be like watching "Willard".

9/21/2016 03:50:00 AM

Didn't this happen around Wrigley Field when they did construction there? That will do it, any work like that displaces them, and more come in in truckloads of fill dirt that are dumped, etc.

9/21/2016 06:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



I remember the Giant Blow Up Rat when RhamBoo announce for mayor the first time
-Thank You Laborers Union


How Ominous and prophetic Rham The RAT! Beware the 2 legged Rat


RhamBoo wants you to Vote Hillary

9/21/2016 07:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching those rat shooting videos brought back fond memories of working midnights in a far south side district back in the 70's. We would go over to the grain elevators at lake Calumet, where the rats were as big as cats and spend our free time shooting the buggers with .22 rifles or our service revolvers. Great fun and really sharpened our shooting skills!

9/21/2016 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More by-product for the Chang's restaurant in Chinatown for their infamous Rat Chow Mein!

9/21/2016 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw it on the news. So confusing I thought they were talking about the AlderRats! Put them to work catching rats. It takes one to know one.

A poster with Rahm's picture he looks like a RAT.



Rat Lives Matter!

9/21/2016 09:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shooting them with an air rifle would be so fun but as air rifles are illigal in our lovely city I'm sure I'd be arrested, end up with all sorts of legal hassles, lose my CCW, etc.

9/21/2016 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those damn rodent scientists. Making up data for the political benefit of those who don't believe in rodent science.



9/21/2016 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure it's illegal to discharge an air rifle within city limits.

9/21/2016 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just use Folos beef sandwiches.......

9/21/2016 10:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Terriers. Will an air rifle keep your bed warm?

9/21/2016 05:02:00 AM

yes,my FWB 124 has for years.

9/21/2016 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dry-ice-baby-, doot doot doot didda doot doot....

9/21/2016 11:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rats on Ice coming to the United Center for the Holidays

9/22/2016 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go back to steel cans but with a modern design.

Rats chew THROUGH these flimsy-assed tupperware carts.

Gaudy day-glo colors with a stencil:

"If You See Me Rollin', You Know I'm Stolen!"

9/22/2016 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where was this at? Chicago? Owls?! Awesome

9/22/2016 02:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pellet guns and rat kill parties. The whole family could participate in the shooting sports!

9/22/2016 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again a method of pacifying the public with we did something to curb the problem,or did they,what about the excessive skunk problem,he is a master of illusions and schemes and trickery,right from the Devil's playbook! Rham Copperfield,now you see him and now you don't,it is definetly his last term,or is it?

9/22/2016 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our new emblem should be a rat with Rham's head on it ofcourse,get photoshop going guys!

9/22/2016 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big news Rham's going to announce a plan to fight the violence in Chicago,NYC style! More pacifying the public with the "I really do care as a tear falls from his eye" like the American Indian, I can't wait to hear this one!

9/22/2016 04:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Go back to steel cans but with a modern design."

9/22/2016 01:06:00 AM

Start rolling some more sheet out in Indiana before the last mill goes. Leveling, shearing, deep-drawing, and you got yourself a can.

Probably have to order the machinery from China if we wanted to go again...

People used to use a lot of 55-gallon drums; you could buy galvanized lids to fit them. I remember the day they replaced them; pickup trucks piled like 12 feet high with them, snatching up every drum they could find + don't bother to ask, either.

9/22/2016 06:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

News radio just now --

PETA bitching about dry ice plans, saying rats should be a protected species! "They feel pain..."

Two words for you bunch.

Bubonic. Plague.

Any more words, and it'd be a whole textbook of diseases.

9/22/2016 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

News radio just now --

PETA bitching about dry ice plans, saying rats should be a protected species! "They feel pain..."

Two words for you bunch.

Bubonic. Plague.

Any more words, and it'd be a whole textbook of diseases.

9/22/2016 06:38:00 PM

Jayzus...
Really?

Where do these delusional moon-bats
roost at?

Another left-tard bunch whose cause knows no pause...

"I see crazy peoples!"

>Pffft!<

Literally... A pox on all their houses
so they can no longer afflict sensible people
with their idiocy.

9/23/2016 12:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Ofc. G. Toody said...

Anonymous said...

Our new emblem should be a rat with Rham's head on it ofcourse,get photoshop going guys!

9/22/2016 03:55:00 PM

"Oooh!
Oooh-oooh!"

The City of Chicago Flag
with Rahm-Rat in the middle of the four stars?

9/23/2016 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I wanna know is, can the trucks that deliver these batches of dry ice leave about 8 pallets of it in the lobby of CITY HALL?
Thanks!

9/23/2016 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In theory this would work on holes with multiple different exits because the CO2 is heavier than the rest of the air. The nice thing about CO2 poisoning in this case is the rats probably won't realize something is amiss, so they may not run out the other exits. Just like how families with a faulty furnace often don't get out of their apartment before they get CO poisoning.

9/23/2016 11:19:00 AM  

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