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SeaTac Airport fight rat infestation

SeaTac officials and restaurant owners are working hard to keep the bugs away.

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Some unexpected visitors have exceeded their welcome in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: rats.

KIRO 7 reported Thursday that more than 120 active construction projects at the air hub, effectively “pushing” the rodents inside, only a problem is escalated by the amount of trash left by SeaTac travelers.

A SeaTac rep told the outlet that the airport and the restaurant suppliers will work their utmost to make the critters away.

“Many of the food areas are doing a number of new deep cleans in their fields, some of the spaces in and around the building, they have to make sure the holes are sealed, that wildlife can get in,” SeaTac spokesman Perry Cooper told the outlet.

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Additional measures include a $449,000 investment in the airport’s pest control program, adding more rat traps, finish, improvements on the structure of the ceilings, and the hiring of four new employees to respond to related problems, KIRO 7 reports.

The inspections have been making weekly visits to the air hub, also.

In the meantime, no airport restaurants are forced to close as a result of the contamination.

“Our Health and Environment team is aware of the rat problem in the central terminal, and they are providing technical assistance to facilities to help them the problem,” the Health of Seattle & King County told KIRO 7 the case. “Until now, nothing of what we have seen has risen to the level of an imminent threat to the health, and they are making progress on correcting the problem.”

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Representatives for SeaTac not immediately return Fox News’ request for additional comment on the story.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak

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