Sudbury dropped three spots on Orkin Canada's annual list of the province's rattiest cities, but remains in the top 10.
Pest control company Orkin Canada released its fourth annual list of Ontario's rattiest cities on Sept. 15 and Sudbury came in at eighth, down three spots from fifth in 2019.
Cities are ranked by the number of rodent (rat and mice) treatments the company performed from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. This ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
Toronto took the top spot on the list, with Mississauga coming in at number two, followed by Scarborough, London and Etobicoke to round out the top five.
Sudbury was the lone Northern Ontario city to crack the top 10, with North Bay coming in at 21 and Timmins at 25.
Orkin has released the following rodent prevention tips:
Trim the Trees: Landscaping can be a big-rodent attractant. Keep shrubbery cut back at least one meter from the exterior walls of your home to eliminate any hiding spots for rodents and to avoid giving them a “jumping off” point.
Cut Off the Water: Eliminate any moisture sources, necessary for pests’ survival, such as clogged gutters or water gathering in trash or recycling bins.
Inspect both inside and outside your property for rodent droppings, burrows and rub marks along baseboards and walls. The more quickly rodents are detected, the better.
Close the Gap: Look for possible entry points outside the home, seal all cracks larger than 1/4 of an inch and install weather strips at the bottom of exterior doors.
Keep your property clean, inside and out: Clean up crumbs and spills as soon as they happen to avoid leaving food residue or sugary substances that can attract rodents. Store all food (including pet food) in tightly-sealed containers like plastic bins, and never leave food or dishes sitting out overnight.