‘The rat population is increasing’: Rodents a growing problem on southern Vancouver Island, says pest control expert

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CTV NEWS: Rats are a growing concern on southern Vancouver Island, where their numbers are increasing and residents are reporting damage to their homes and vehicles.

“The rat population is increasing,” said Christopher Day, the Vancouver Island branch manager for pest control company Orkin Canada.

When people were working from home during the pandemic, the majority of calls for service were for residential properties. “Now that people are going back to offices, we’re starting to get more commercial [calls],” said Day.

Rats have two main drives – food and shelter. With inflation driving up the cost of food, a lot of people are planting gardens and that is a veggie buffet for rats.

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