Vancouver Island is home to some of the ‘rattiest’ cities in B.C.

Three municipalities in Greater Victoria, and three more around the Island have gnawed their way into the top 20

Many cities around the world tend to have problems controlling rodents such as rats, and according to at least one pest control company, Vancouver Island is home to some of the ‘rattiest’ cities in B.C.

Victoria takes the second spot on Orkin’s list of the 20 rattiest cities in the province, behind only Vancouver.

Another five Island communities also made the undesirable list: Duncan, Nanaimo, Sidney, North Saanich and Port Alberni.

Orkin Canada says cities were ranked by the number of rodent (rat and mice) treatments the company performed throughout 2017 in both residential and commercial areas.

READ MORE: B.C.’s top 20 ‘rattiest’ cities

Aside from the concern that these critters carry a number of serious diseases, they can also introduce other parasites such as fleas, lice and ticks into your home. A further risk is the danger posed to any building by these rodents burrowing through walls or gnawing on electrical wiring.

And there’s nothing more unsettling than a rodent sighting having a devastating effect on the property’s reputation.

If you notice a rodent problem in your home or business, there are a few prevention tips to keep in mind –

  • Close the Gap: Seal any cracks or holes in your foundation with weather-resistant sealant. Install weather stripping around windows and doors, as well as door sweeps
  • Trim the Trees: Landscaping can be a big-rodent attractant. Keep shrubbery cut back at least one meter from the exterior walls of your home to eliminate any hiding spots for rodents
  • Cut Off the Water: Eliminate any moisture sources, necessary for pests’ survival, such as clogged gutters or water gathering in trash or recycling bins.


ragnar.haagen@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Turf replacement installed at Oak Bay High

New Astroturf will be ready for school, sports still cancelled

Driver loses control, crashes into Saanich furniture store

Crash at Lazyboy Furniture store Wednesday afternoon

Mayor steps down from committee overseeing fate of Sidney’s Beacon Wharf

Cliff McNeil-Smith cites work commitments, schedule behind decision

Downtown Victoria’s on-street parking time limits, rates back in effect

City reinstates restrictions, extends reduced rates for parkades and other metered areas

Teachers need more time to prepare for fall reopening, says Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association

GVTA president says class schedules need to be reworked for cohort model

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Aug. 4

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should it be mandatory to wear masks when out in public?

B.C. is witnessing an alarming rise in the number of cases of… Continue reading

B.C. fish harvesters receive long-awaited details on pandemic benefits

Applications to the $470-million federal assistance programs will open Aug. 24

Arson suspected in several wildfires lit near Kootenay town

RCMP making progress in arson investigation of Marsh Creek fires

Three screening officers at Vancouver airport test positive for COVID-19

The public is not believed to be at risk of exposure

VIDEO: B.C. conservation officers free not-so-wily coyote with head stuck in jar

Poor pup was found with a glass jar stuck on its head in Maple Ridge

‘Do our lives count for less?’: COVID-19 exposes cracks in disability aid

In July, Parliament approved a $600 payment for people with disabilities facing additional expenses during COVID-19

Agreement between province, BC Hydro, First Nation, ends legal fight over Site C

B.C. will work to improve land management and restore traditional place names in areas of cultural significance

Most Read