Special teams of public housing staffers — trained at a “rat academy” — are fanning out across the city in an effort to get an accurate count of NYCHA’s pest population, including rats, mice and roaches.

The count, which began about two weeks ago, marks a major step in a promised campaign to tackle one of the authority’s most vexing problems: vermin infestation. And a census of these unwanted guests can’t come soon enough.

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