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Rats overrun Vancouver YMCA playground due to compost bins

DH Vancouver Staff Jun 19, 2014 7:48 am

Compost bins installed beneath the Burrard Bridge have attracted a horde of rats to the playground of Beach YMCA daycare, forcing children inside for their own safety.

The YMCA became aware of the pest problem on Thursday night and alerted the City of Vancouver on Friday morning, with the bins being removed the same day.

Since then, the City and pest control have been at the facility to dig away at where the rats may have been nesting.

According to Kelly Walker, Manager of Communications for YMCA, pest control will service the area twice a week moving forward to maintain the space.

“Since the safety of children in our care is the YMCA’s top priority and rats aren’t known to be the cleanliest of pests, we are keeping children away from the outdoor play area until we have a high degree of confidence that the pests are no longer an issue,” said Walker.

“The Y is confident that the City is taking care of the issue.”


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