the State of Virginia is worried they are headed their way.
The D.C. Wildlife Protection Act does not allow exterminators to kill rats. In fact, they cannot even be caught using glue. Instead, they must be captured and released somewhere else. The law even specifies that they should be captured in families.
There have been increased rats at Occupy D.C. and it is unclear where exterminators are supposed to actually relocate them, though some may be required to go to a "wildlife rehabilitator."
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has now publicly stated he is afraid everyone is just going to dump them in Virginia.