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Aw, rats! Rodent spottings have increased due to pandemic

GTA accounts for four of five top spots

MISSASSAUGA – Orkin Canada released its list of the top 25 rattiest cities in Ontario today, with the GTA accounting for four of the five top spots.  

Toronto is followed by Mississauga, Scarborough, London and Etobicoke which make up the top five cities on the list. This year’s list saw some major changes from last year; Ottawa moved from spot four to 12 and Sudbury moved from five to eight.  

The rankings are based on the number of commercial and residential rodent (rats and mice) treatments carried out in the province by the country’s largest pest control provider from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.   

In the last six months, however, there has been a shift in where rodents are being spotted. As a result of the decrease in restaurant and overall business waste due to COVID-19, rodents have migrated to a greater degree to residential neighbourhoods with higher than usual waste from people working and studying from home.  

While part of urban life, for cities on the top end of Orkin Canada’s list, there are mitigation techniques for those looking to prevent rodents from entering their homes:    

  • Seal cracks or holes with caulk or foam and install weather stripping around windows and doors.  
  • Keep shrubbery at least a metre away from the home exterior. 
  • Eliminate moisture sources, such as clogged gutters. 
  • Keep food preparation areas clean inside the home and thoroughly clean spills and crumbs.  
  • Clean trash cans regularly and ensure they are covered tightly. 

A complete list of Ontario’s rattiest cities can be downloaded here.