Toronto makes it to the top of the list as the “rattiest city” in Ontario as Orkin Canada releases its list out of 25 cities.
According to Orkin Canada in a press release, the GTA accounts for four out of the five top spots for cities with the most rats from July 2019 to June 2020.
Toronto comes in first place, followed by Mississauga, Scarborough, London, and Etobicoke.
As for other cities in the area, North York comes in sixth, Brampton in seventh, Hamilton in ninth, and Oakville in 11th.
However, it is noted that in the last six months, 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,” said Orkin Canada.
With that being said, the pest control company offers ways to prevent rodents from coming into homes.
Orkin recommends sealing cracks or holes with caulk or foam, installing weather stripping around windows and doors, keeping your shrubs at least a metre away from your home, eliminating moisture sources, such as clogged gutters, keeping food preparation areas such as kitchen counters clean, as well as changing and cleaning trash cans regularly.