The complaints began to trickle into Hastings Building Inspector Charles Minozzi’s office about two weeks ago. Then the trickle became a stream. Rats had been spotted, first around the Boulanger Plaza parking lot, then in the adjacent VFW Park. Eradication efforts began, but the scale of the problem wasn’t apparent until last week.

“There are many,” Minozzi said about the rat population on July 18. “I can’t take a guess on how many, but there’s a lot.”

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