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Extreme Cold Sparks Increased Rodent Infestations

The extreme cold snap putting most of Canada on ice has not only dampened New Year’s celebrations, and thrown airports into chaos, it is also sparked an invasion of mice, rats and other rodents into homes and businesses across Canada.

Fall and winter have always seen an increase in rodent infestations; however, this year, with temperatures dipping to around -30, these would-be houseguests are more desperate than ever. Frozen ground and water sources are making mice and rats desperate for not only warmth, but food and water as well. This makes your home, grocery stores, and restaurants primary targets for rodent infestations.

According to Orkin Canada here are the Top 5 “Rattiest” Cities in Ontario and B.C.

Top 5 “Rattiest” Cities in Ontario Top 5 “Rattiest” Cities in B.C.
1.       Toronto

2.       Ottawa

3.       Mississauga

4.       Scarborough

5.       Hamilton


2. Victoria

3. Burnaby

4. Richmond

5. Surrey

Visit Orkin Canada to see the other cities that are considered some of the “rattiest” in Ontario and B.C.

How to Prevent Rats and Mice in your Home

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Health Canada says that rodent prevention is essential, not only to your comfort, but to the health and safety of your family. Due to the nature of their body structure, a rodent can squeeze through very small holes and cracks. In fact, a rat can get into your home through a hole the size of a quarter, while mice can easily squeeze through a dime-sized space.

To prevent an infestation, be sure to take measures that prevent access and make your home a less desirable “rodent bed and breakfast”. Here are a few recommendations:

  1. Seal all door and window gaps with weather stripping. Even the smallest gap under your door can allow a motivated mouse inside.
  2. Plug holes around pipes and other areas with steel wool, and fit dryer vents and soffits with fine metal screening
  3. Declutter your home and garage. Old moving boxes, bags of clothing, garbage, and other such refuse can offer a desirable nesting space for rats and mice. The last thing you want is for a couple of mice to turn into a family of mice.
  4. Keep your kitchen clean, and store food and dry pet food in metal or glass containers.

Looking for a Natural Rodent Control Option? How About a Cat?

Cats are probably nature’s best known rodent-control solutions. However, not all cats are good mousers. If you’re looking for a cat that not only provides companionship, but can also act as efficient rodent deterrent, look for a kitty with the following traits, according to

  • Gender – Female cats are known to be more prolific hunters.
  • Curiosity –A cat that displays more curiosity will be more likely to investigate sounds and smells.
  • Playfulness –A playful cat is more likely to view rodent prevention as entertainment.
  • Age –Older cats are known to be better hunters than kittens.

Not a cat person? Certain dogs are also extremely effective mousers. Some dog breeds like Rat Terriers, Jack Russel Terriers, and Dachshunds were prized for their ability to keep homes and properties rodent-free.

Keep in mind that many of the qualities that make certain breeds fantastic mousers also tends to result in behaviours, like barking and digging. Cats can be prolific hunters when allowed out-of-doors, preying on songbirds, squirrels and rabbits. Be sure to research the breed before choosing to add one to the family, to ensure that your new furry friend will be a good fit for your family and lifestyle.

Have rodents already invaded your home? Are DIY traps and solutions proving to be ineffective? Maybe it’s time to call in the professionals. Visit the Pest Control listings at to find local rodent removal experts.

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