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Vancouver ranked the #1 'rattiest' city in BC for the third year in a row

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DH Vancouver Staff Apr 09, 2019 12:46 pm

Vancouver may find itself at the top of many different lists, but a new ranking from a national pest control company is less-than-complimentary.

In a new survey from Orkin, Vancouver was ranked the “rattiest” city in BC.

Close behind it in second place was Victoria, with Burnaby rounding out the top three.

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Orkin said the cities were ranked “by the number of rodent (rat and mice) treatments the company performed from January 1 to December 31 of last year.”

This is the third year in the row Vancouver topped the pest control firm’s list.

The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

The top 5 “rattiest” cities in the province are:

  1. Vancouver
  2. Victoria
  3. Burnaby
  4. Richmond
  5. Surrey

And here’s a look at Orkin’s top 20 list:

BC’s Rattiest Cities 2019 (Orkin)

In light of the rankings, Orkin has also offered a few tips on just how to deal with / prevent recurring rodent run-ins:

  • 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.
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