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RATS & MANAGING ATTRACTANTS

September 12, 2019  |  Public Notices

Rat populations are spreading throughout the southern interior of BC. Getting ahead of the spread is key to being able to minimize the problems associated with large rat populations. According to WildSafe BC, managing attractants and limiting denning areas are key to keeping rats in check. Trapping is, at best, a stop-gap measure. Do not trap and release in other areas.

Here are few tips from WildSafe BC:

  • Remove any sources of food and water. Pick and remove fallen fruit from your property.
  • Keep all garbage securely stored until the day of collection. Garbage should be stored in a secure container which should be cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Feed pets indoors, or if fed outdoors, bring in any food that is not immediately eaten by your pets. Rats will quickly target any type of pet food left out.
  • Manage your compost properly and turn regularly. Ideally you will use a rat-proof composter, but lacking that, turn your compost on a regular.
  • Take birdfeeders down at night and feed only during winter months. Clean up ALL spilled seed under the bird feeder and take the feeder in at night.
  • Engage with your neighbours. If you have rats on your property there is a good chance your neighbour does as well. Rat issues need to be addressed on a block-wide basis.

More information can be found online:

WildSafe BC – www.wildsafebc.com

Health Link BC – https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/

Government of BC – Rodents