‘I see about 30 rats’: Huge rodent nest rattles riders at Tampa bus stop

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Waiting for the city bus near Hillsborough and Florida Avenue has become a frightening experience because of a rodent issue.

Riders have nicknamed the area “Ratopia” and “Ratlantis” due to the problem.

Lavonnte Jerry regularly commutes along Route 34.

“I use this bus stop every day to pick my daughter up from school and my wife up from work,” Jerry said.

And when he waits for the bus, he’s often met with rodents.

“I see about 30 to forty, fifty rats out here all the time,” Jerry said. “It is nasty because you know, they be coming out here while kids be out here and people be out here eating food and they just be running past you, it just looks horrible out here.”

The City of Tampa sent a pest control company to the area. 8 On Your Side watched them set up traps near the burrows.

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