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'We've had rats the size of Crocs just running up and down the street': NYC holds first-ever Anti-Rat Day of Action in Harlem

Rats congregate on New York City street. (Photo by Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Harlem resident Ruth McDaniels spelled out New York City's ongoing rat problem by comparing the problematic pests to a particular shoe — right down to the brand and size.

"We've had rats the size of Crocs just running up and down the street. Like a Croc shoe? ... Average size eight, running up and down the street," she told WCBS-TV.

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Hopefully coming to the rescue was the city's first Anti-Rat Day of Action, which was held Saturday in Harlem, the station said.

City agencies, including the sanitation department, demonstrated how to keep rats at bay, WCBS said.

Also on hand was the city's first rat czar, the station said.

"Rats need food, water, and shelter to survive," Kathleen Corradi, New York City director of rodent mitigation, told the gathered members of the media, WCBS noted. "Today, we're going to cut off their food source and reduce their habitat, take away the places they can live."

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An old, gross story...

The battle between rats and New York City is as old as the Big Apple itself. The rodents, however, always seem to be taking the bigger bites:

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