Non-stop pest control comes to Grand Central

The rat squad is going 24-7 at Grand Central Terminal.

The MTA is taking its war against creepy crawlies up a notch, approving a $925,000 contract Wednesday that includes a bug buster at the terminal at all hours.

“I’m in the food business. The more pest control there is the better,” said Eli Damatou, 25, who works at a terminal deli.

There has been no increase in pests, MTA officials said. Instead, the new five-year contract will consolidate duplicate services and provide some additional coverage, said Marjorie Anders, A Metro-North spokeswoman.

“It’s under control and it’s going to stay under control,” she said.

About 10 tons of garbage is produced daily at Grand Central, with the mountain of refuse stored in a refrigerated wing to keep pests away, Anders said. But rats and roaches occasionally crawl up from the railroad tracks onto the lower food court, where castaway morsels await.

“The rats come out when there’s no one here. Ugh, it’s quite gross,” said Ashmini Chitan, 20, who works in the food court.

In other MTA developments:
- MTA CEO Jay Walder said the agency is trying to hold off on a fare increase until January, as previously agreed upon, but wouldn’t say if it could keep the hike at 7.5 percent given the agency’s “dire” finances.

In a shred of good news, the MTA isn’t planning on additional service cuts this year beyond those set to happen in June.

- The MTA is making progress in fixing hundreds of security cameras that have remained dormant since Lockheed Martin, the contractor, was defaulted last year, according to board members briefed during a closed-door session. Subcontractors are working to get the 1,130 cameras on-line as soon as possible, and agency officials are consulting with the NYPD on their security needs, board members said.

Julia Borovskaya contributed to this story.

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