Vancouver ranked as the number 1 rattiest city in BC for the fifth year

Not again…

Can not stop, will not stop.

When it comes to rats, Vancouver can’t stop winning the title as BC’s most troubled city (though it feels more like losing).

The city has been crowned as the province’s best rat city by Orkin, Canada’s largest pest control company. Cities are ranked according to the number of rodent (rat and mouse) treatments the company performed from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

Burnaby followed Vancouver in second place and Victoria finished third. Victoria finished fourth, with Kelowna rounding out the top five in BC

Richmond landed in sixth place, with Vernon in seventh. Abbotsford finished eighth, with Langley in ninth place. Coquitlam rounded out the top 10.

Vancouver was also ranked as BC’s most rat-infested city in 2017, 2018, 2019 and in 2020.

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Photo via Orkin Canada

The City of Vancouver has a guide on how to identify a rat or mouse infestation, including keeping an eye on caves, sounds, manure and chewing marks. The most common rodents in the Vancouver area are the Norwegian (brown) rat, the roof rat (black) and the house mouse.

Of course, people are actively trying to control the rat population, but it is not always an easy task. Nevertheless, the BC SPCA reminds residents to choose humane ways to do so.

Visit here for our guide on how to deal with living in BC’s most troubled city (the humane way).

Orkin Canada’s rodent prevention tips

  • Close the hole: Seal any cracks or holes in your foundation with weatherproof sealant. Install weather insulation around windows and doors, as well as door sweepers.
  • Trim the trees: Landscaping can be an attractive remedy for large rodents. Keep the shrubs cut down at least one meter from the outer walls of your home to remove any rodent hiding places.
  • Cut off the water: Remove any sources of moisture necessary for pest survival, such as clogged gutters or water that collects in trash cans or recycling bins.
  • Inspect both inside and out your property for rodent excrement, caves and friction marks along baseboards and walls. The faster rodents are detected, the better.

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