New York has a new Rube Goldberg-ian dunk-a-rat-in-alcohol trap

New York continues to innovate in rat termination technology. Buckets of rats, indeed!

Chicagoans just name the things and ride them to work.


A new rat-dunking gadget will be rolled out in Brooklyn's most infested neighborhoods after a successful trial, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams revealed at a press conference on Thursday.

The device, called Ekomille and created by private company Rat Trap Inc., attracts the rodents with food and then drops them through a trap door into an alcoholic substance.

"It knocks them out and they drown eventually," company president Anthony Giaquinto said at a press conference announcing its use in New York, the AFP news agency reported.

Rats will climb a ladder to reach the bait on the device, at which point a sensor deploys a trip lever that plunges them into a tray that can hold 80 rat carcasses.

"The rodent feels safe and secure within the device. The transparent cover provides natural light," Rat Trap Inc. adds about the method on its website.

"The natural, non-toxic solution in the tank renders the rodent instantly unconscious," it adds.

Sanitation workers opened the container at Thursday's unveiling to show reporters the gruesome -- but apparently effective -- results: a bucket filled with lifeless rodents.

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