Weirdest cities: Toronto, Mississauga in top 10 list
Two Ontario locations have made the list of Canada’s top ten “darkest” cities.
The pest control company released a list of the top 25 Canadian cities with the highest rodent populations.
Toronto (1) and Mississauga (5) both made the top five, while Toronto suburbs Scarborough (11), North York (22) and Etobicoke (24) were also named individually.
Brampton (18) and Oshawa (23) were the other two Greater Toronto Area cities to make the list.
A spokesperson for the City of Toronto says they don’t know how many rats there are in the city, but they admit Toronto Public Health responds to hundreds of rodent-related complaints each year.
“On average, under the DineSafe program, Toronto Public Health (TPH) responds to approximately 400 rodent complaints per year, of which approximately 80 percent are mice and the balance are rats. Over the past five years, TPH has responded to 1,906 rodent complaints, mostly food-related related to the premises”, said the spokesperson.
Also, the spokesperson said that “noise and vibration from construction projects can also disturb rodent habitats and displace populations.”
Orkin’s report says that as Canadian cities begin to function as they did before the pandemic, food sources have become more available in urban areas, fueling rodent population growth.
And it’s not expected to drop anytime soon.
“With more available food, there will be exponential population growth. Food availability benefits population growth because there will be less competition for food, which will result in high reproductive potential, high survival and healthy populations,” said Dr. Alice Sinia. Canadian entomologist D. Orkin in a press release.
The report said that during the pandemic lockdowns, rodents became bolder and started migrating to residential areas because food was scarce in city centers.
Orkin says this led to aggressive behavior among rodents “such as cannibalism, ‘street fighting’ and territoriality.”
The report stated that these behaviors will become more common, however the expected population growth will lead to more rodent activity in all areas; commercial and domestic.
Here are the 10 deadliest cities in Canada in 2022:
6. Calgary (mice only)
9. Edmonton (mice only)
10. San Juan
Although Alberta’s two major cities, Edmonton and Calgary, are in the top 10, their rodent populations do not include rats because of the province’s popular rat control program, which has been in place since the 1950s.
“Alberta’s rat-free status means that there are no resident rat populations and they don’t establish themselves. That doesn’t mean we never get rats. Occasionally small infestations occur, but when they are found, rats are isolated and exterminated using proven control methods ,” says Alberta’s official website.
The report warns that as cooler weather approaches in Ontario, rodents will seek warmth and shelter.
Here are some tips from Orkin Canada to help protect your home:
- Seal cracks or holes in foundations, walls and expansion joints
- Install heaters around windows and doors
- Protect the airports by opening them and repairing the worn window screens
- As much as possible, keep shrubs at least one meter away from the outside walls of your house
- Eliminate sources of moisture such as clogged gutters
- Practice proper garbage storage, take care to keep garbage and old food away from the house, use lidded containers and do not overfill.
- Do not store objects near exterior walls, store them away from walls and about 18 inches off the floor.
- If there is an anti-rodent shed. Sheds can be the main breeding and sheltering places in the winter
City rankings are based on the number of commercial and residential rodent (rats and mice) treatments performed by Orkin Canada between August 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022.
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