Canadian Health Inspectors Warn Rats and Mice on the Rise

Rodent population expected to peak in coming weeks

TORONTO, Oct. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Canada's rat and mice population is surging, according to a survey of Canada's Health Inspectors who point the blame at poor sanitation practices and too many buildings in a state of disrepair. The survey was released today by Abell Pest Control.

The 4th Annual Canadian Health Inspectors Survey shows 73 percent of health inspectors surveyed believe rodent populations are on the rise in Canada. Of those, 50 percent note the biggest increase at apartments and residential buildings, 37 percent at bars and restaurants. Almost half of those surveyed blame poor sanitation practices, while 29 percent point to structural problems as the main cause of infestations.

"Awareness is a big part of managing any infestation, especially now," said Steven Graff, Quality Assurance Manager at Abell Pest Control. "As the weather cools, rodents will be on the move looking for entry points. Businesses, homeowners and property managers can do their part by ensuring that any gaps or holes in buildings are repaired as soon as possible."

Following an unseasonably mild winter last year, the rodent population is expected to peak over the coming weeks.

"A mild winter increases survival rates for rats and mice, allowing them to breed more quickly in the spring and fall, " added Graff. "That's why proper sanitation inside or around a building is also critical. Garbage containers should not be left outdoors any longer than needed, as the more food readily available the faster the rodent population multiplies."

Health Inspectors were surveyed at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors in Edmonton from Sept. 25th to the 28th.

Abell Pest Control is a Canadian leader in pest control, offering Canadian businesses and homeowners effective, safe and dependable pest control services since 1924. To learn more, visit:

SOURCE Abell Pest Control

For further information: Steven Graff, Abell Pest Control,, 647-242-7749; Danna O'Brien,, 416-500-0699

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