A Glen Park grocery retailer was shut down Wednesday after proof of a rat infestation was flagged by the town’s Well being Division.
Canyon Market co-owner Janet Tarlov blames a close-by neighbor who has been spreading chook seed across the space since February 2020.
Tarlov mentioned that rats have been an ongoing difficulty due to the chook seed and that she has begged the town to assist cope with the pests for greater than two years.
“It’s not been a hidden factor, I’ve been in search of steerage from the Well being Division for 2 and a half years,” mentioned Tarlov.
Tarlov is president of the Glen Park Retailers’ Affiliation and says that she usually has to wash up the chook seed herself.
“I simply cleaned it up yesterday,” mentioned Tarlov on Thursday. “I clear it up on a regular basis. It’s the very first thing I do within the morning.”
Tarlov mentioned that an inspector from the Division of Public Well being got here in response to an nameless 311 criticism about rats in her retailer.
In line with a replica of the 311 criticism offered by DPH, the criticism was made on Sept. 26 and notes a “persistent rat infestation” and “indicators of harm” together with chewed by meals packages and droppings.
Tarlov mentioned that the inspector noticed rat droppings within the retailer and instantly shut it down.
“I complain 100 occasions and nothing occurs after which somebody complains as soon as and the shop will get shut down,” mentioned Tarlov.
DPH mentioned in a press release that an inspector noticed rat droppings on cabinets, flooring and on high of meals. Additionally they discovered holes for rats to get by and chewed meals packages.
Tarlov claims the shop has misplaced between $50,000 and $100,000 on account of contaminated meals that needed to be thrown out, repairing chewed wires, broken partitions and cleansing prices.
DPH mentioned they will reopen the shop Thursday or as quickly as the shop is totally cleaned, entry factors for rats are plugged and that it has proof of a licensed pest management service.
Tarlov mentioned she is cleansing the shop and hopes that she will reopen instantly.
“We simply need to get the shop open and put this complete factor behind us,” mentioned Tarlov.
Native Supervisor Rafael Mandelman confirmed the proprietor contacted his workplace.
He mentioned that the resident spreading chook seed needs to be advised to stop and desist.
“I really feel there needs to be some compensation as a result of she’s been pushing for this for years,” mentioned Mandelman. “It’s a tragic and irritating story.”