TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2017 /CNW/ - When it comes to rats in Ontario, no city comes close to Toronto. It has a human population triple the size of Ottawa but a rodent problem more than four times larger than the nation's capital. The findings by Orkin Canada are based on the number of commercial and residential rodent (rats and mice) treatments carried out by the country's largest pest control provider. The top five rattiest Ontario cities are:
The pest control company is reminding homeowners that rodents are very active at this time of year, as they seek food, water and shelter. Rodents are capable of transmitting a number of serious diseases, and cause millions of dollars of damage to properties every year. Homes with small holes or cracks in perimeter walls are most at risk.
The following tips are what homeowners can do to help prevent rodents from entering:
Close the Gap: Seal any cracks or holes in the foundation with weather-resistant sealant. Install weather stripping around windows and doors, as well as door sweeps.
Trim the Trees: Keep shrubbery cut back at least one metre from the exterior walls of the home to eliminate any hiding spots for rodents.
Cut Off the Water: Eliminate any moisture sources - a necessity for pest survival - such as clogged gutters or water gathering in trash or recycling bins.
The rattiest cities ranking is based on all rodent treatments by Orkin Canada at residential and commercial properties within Ontario from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Download here for the full list of Ontario's rattiest cities.
About Orkin Canada Orkin Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE:ROL) is the country's largest pest control provider and leader in the development of fast, effective and environmentally responsible pest control solutions. One key program is the Home Pest Protection Program that prevents and eradicates pest infestations and provides key information about pests. Orkin Canada provides professional services to both residential and commercial clients from coast to coast. For more information, visit www.orkincanada.ca, like www.facebook.com/OrkinCanada or follow @orkincanada.
SOURCE Orkin Canada
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