Bumper year for Rats in Ontario
(4 months ago)
TORONTO, Feb. 23: The battle to curb the rat population in Ontario reached new heights in 2017 as homeowners across the province sought assistance from pest control experts.
The news comes as part of Orkin Canada's second annual list of rattiest cities. The findings by Orkin Canada are based on the number of commercial and residential rodent (rats and mice) treatments carried out by the country's largest pest control provider.
There was no change in the position of the top five cities but there were two new entrants.
The top five rattiest cities in Ontario in 2017:
The pest control company is warning homeowners that rodents are very active at this time of year, as they seek food, water and shelter. Vermin are a major threat to properties and can transmit a number of serious diseases.
Homes with small holes or cracks in perimeter walls are most at risk so homeowners are being urged to think: CLOSE, TRIM & CUT.
•Close the Gap: Seal any cracks or holes in the foundation with weather-resistant sealant. Install weather stripping around windows and doors, as well as door sweeps.
•Trim the Trees: Keep shrubbery cut back at least one metre from the exterior walls of the home to eliminate any hiding spots for rodents.
•Cut Off the Water: Eliminate any moisture sources - a necessity for pest survival - such as clogged gutters or water gathering in trash or recycling bins.
For more information about rodent prevention, visit orkincanada.ca
The rattiest cities ranking is based on all rodent treatments by Orkin Canada at residential and commercial properties within Ontario from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. Download here for the full list of Ontario's rattiest cities.