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LI 'rat-busters' to star in new reality TV show

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Norway rat Credit: National Human Genome Sequencing Center

A new reality TV show scheduled to start in August, on the Animal Planet channel, will track the rodent-control activities of an extermination company that serves Nassau County and Queens, an online trade publication says.

In a six-part series "Rat Busters NYC" will follow the day-to-day forays of Jimmy Tallman and Michael Morales, pest-control experts of Magic Exterminating, of Queens, reports. Suburban Exterminating, of Smithtown, is Magic Exterminating's Suffolk County service center.

The Rat Busters series launches Aug. 26 at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and "follows service managers Jimmy and Michael, 'a comedic dynamic duo with a brother-like kinship, as they tackle rat families bigger than their own, and other metropolitan pests like roaches, mice, bedbugs, raccoons and pigeons,'" according to the network. 

Newsday, in 2000, reported on the founders and owners of Magic Exterminating and Suburban Exterminating. "Marty Byer, 60, is president of Suburban Exterminating in Smithtown. It was begun by Byer and his brother Harold in Elmhurst, in 1960, as Magic Exterminating," the Newsday story said.

"In 1971, they expanded into Suffolk by purchasing an existing company -- Suburban -- whose name they kept. Magic remains in western Nassau and New York City. Now one of Long Island's largest pest control companies, the two divisions have grown to more than 100 employees, 75 of whom are with Suburban. There are 35 certified applicators on staff."

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