Vancouver is at the top of many different lists, but a location from a national pest control company is far from ideal.
In a new ranking from Orkin, a pest and wildlife service, Vancouver was ranked as the “rattiest” city in BC.
Close behind it in second place was Burnaby, where Victoria rounded out the top three.
Orkin says the ranking is based on “the number of rodent (rat and mouse) treatments that Orkin Canada performed between August 1, 2020, and July 31, 2021.”
This is the fifth year in a row that Vancouver tops the pest control company’s list, and the rankings include both residential and commercial treatments.
The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
The 10 most “rotten” cities in British Columbia are:
And here’s a look at Orkins’ top 20 list:
In light of the locations, here are a few tips on how to deal with and prevent recurring rodent attacks:
- 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.
- Cut 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 the water off: Remove any moisture sources necessary for pest survival, such as clogged gutters or water that collects in trash cans or recycling bins.
- Examine your home inside and out: Watch out for rodent excrement, caves and friction marks along baseboards and walls – the faster rodents are detected, the better.