Mark Ritter pulls his white city pickup truck to the side of the road and points up the sloping hill of Melvin Avenue, in the far north spur of St. Louis. Small houses, some of them neatly kept, others in shambling disrepair, line the streets of this poor and working-class neighborhood just a few blocks from the... More >>>
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By Jennifer Silverberg
Mark Ritter, head rat man for the St. Louis Department of Health, spends most of his days chasing down vermin. After twenty years in the extermination business, heÂ’s learned how to think like a rat Â— and he knows as much about them as anyone in the city.