Climate change, constant construction and untidy garbage collection some of the reasons behind the rodents thriving in the city.
It’s a fine time to be a rat in Toronto.
The city’s rodent population is on the rise and shows no sign of slowing down, say pest-control professionals.
“The volume of calls we’re receiving now, I’d say it’s maybe double what we were getting last year,” said Avery Addison, who owns Addison Pest Control in downtown Toronto. “I also think these rats are becoming cleverer and sneakier with their defence mechanisms. Especially the older ones are really good at avoiding traps.”
It was supposed to be a fun visit. Two sisters indulging in a few laughs, foodie pleasures, good wine. But minutes after watching her younger sibling run upstairs to ditch her luggage in her room, Toronto resident Rachel* saw her reappear, alarmed: “There are bugs crawling all over your wall.” Rachel, who has a semi-detached house in a nice neighbourhood, didn’t know what they were. “My sister and I killed all of these bugs that were just crawling out of this hole and climbing onto the wall. And then I thought, ‘It’s strange because there’s blood.’”
They’re the tenants you don’t want anywhere near your building. They eat through your siding, live in your walls and invade your kitchen.
From ants to termites to the critters in the chimney, pest control should be a top priority for property managers and building owners. To effectively control pests, managers should focus not only on eradication, but also on ways to proactively prevent pests from entering a building in the first place. Just as important, you want to take care of the pests without creating any new hazards to your tenants.
Bed bugs have hoteliers itching to eliminate reputational damage.
Hotels have been dealing with unwanted guests for years, from cockroaches to mice. But the latest nuisance, while small in size, is fast becoming the most invasive and difficult guest to evict from the premises.