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Since the day it was founded, New York City has tolerantly hosted a multitude of creatures. Arthurious was surprised to find some of them in his apartment.


1. Peromyscus Leucopus

The American White-Footed Mouse

While this unassuming rodent seems cute and cuddly like a neighborhood Mickey Mouse, be warned. It could bring with it dozens of its friends and take over the place. These dastardly fluff balls could easily run your fruit-filled crisper drawer empty given the chance. To kindly show their way out, it’s best to stock up on humane mouse traps or red solo cups.


2. Columba Livia Domestica

Feral Pigeons

A careless eye might miss that these are solely flying rats — one can easily find them perched atop skyscrapers. In a very particular case, a pigeon may break into you home to start marching diligently like a North Korean convoy, its neck pompously techno-dancing and wings wisely fluffed behind its back. Stop panicking, the poor fella is just trying to strategize its way out.


3. Rattus Norvegicus


This type of foraging vermin seeks food in the later hours, so be on the lookout for them around dusk and at night. While they may be captivating, the last thing they will do is help you master the art of French cuisine.


4. Formicidae


Once inside, ants can easily make you run for the highest hills of solace. If you’re finding yourself in desperate need of ridding yourself of an annoying hoard, simply clean your apartment thoroughly and put baby powder or flour at the entry way.


5. Periplaneta Americana

The American Cockroach

Also known as the scourge of New York City, these unsightly creatures could be found most likely in the darkest of areas and the tightest of crevices. Due to their penchant for transmitting diseases, these bugs are strictly labeled as “kill on sight”; find a heavy book or crush them with every ounce of strength you have in your dominant foot.


6. Procyon Lotor


The old little raccoon is still a bandit at heart, a fact most obviously noted by the patch of black fur over their eyes and bushy tails. Like most New Yorkers, raccoons are known to be opportunistic in their food habits; while they are primarily omnivorous, they have adapted to include trash from urban areas in the diet.

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