If you are a gardener at the community garden located at the intersection of Commercial Drive and East 12th Avenue, it might be a good idea forego harvesting this season’s vegetables or even forego the area altogether.
Local videographer Bruce Causier says rats have completely infested the garden, crawling and eating their way through the vegetables and fruits from the growing plots. Over the summer, someone has been helping them flourish by spreading birdseed around the area.
A playground is just across the street from the community garden: rats were also seen crawling around under the slides and ladders, where children would normally be playing.
Scores of the rodents can be seen during nighttime, but they are not shy about making an appearance during broad daylight either. In one video frame alone, Causier counted at least 17 rats at the garden.
Nothing has been done about the rats at this time, but they will likely pose a problem for nearby residences and businesses when the weather becomes cold and wet. The rats will be looking for warm indoor places near food sources for shelter and continued breeding.
The problem community garden is located just two blocks south of SkyTrain’s Commercial-Broadway Station.
The City of Vancouver advises residents to hire professionals to deal with mice and rat mischiefs, but they have also offered the following do-it-yourself tips for managing and eliminating infestations:
Rats and mice can chew their way into buildings, or can squeeze through very small cracks or holes. In order to keep them out, you can:
Rodents can be controlled by:
Feature Image: Bruce Causier YouTube screencap