Early this year, a news article was released stating that pest control experts have observed a rise in the number of rodents in cities in Canada. This has prompted many people to seek the help of professional pest control services or take matters into their own hands. However, this can pose certain issues especially with the handling of the rats and mice. Learn about what Toronto’s laws say about rats and mice in your property:
The Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 629 (Property Standards) declares that all properties must be kept free of all kinds of pests including vermin, rodents, and insects, and conditions that could encourage an infestation by pests. If you notice an issue with debris or garbage that is attracting mice and rats, you can file a complaint with the Municipal Licensing and Standards. They will investigate the matter for you and find the best solution to resolve the matter.
If you want to file a complaint with the Municipal Licensing and Standards regarding insects and pests, you have to submit a service request online. You can also dial 311 on your phone to reach them. When filing your complaint, you have to provide the address you’re complaining about, as well as your own address, name, and contact information.
Note that “insects and pests” do not include bed bugs.
Units for Rent
Rental properties have to be kept free of vermin, insects, rodents, and other kinds of pests. If you suspect that the property you are renting has rats or mice, contact your landlord or property manager. Make your request in writing and keep a copy of your letter. Should your landlord or property manager fail to address the issue within a reasonable amount of time, you can call the Municipal Licensing and Standards for assistance.
Signs of a Rat and Mice Infestation
Rats belong in colonies. While they tend to stay out of human sight, once the colony they belong to becomes overpopulated, some rats may be forced to come out of hiding. Seeing a rat or two, whether alive or dead, is one of the surest signs of a rat infestation. Here are other signs to look out for:
- Unexplained noises coming from inside the walls or from the attic
- Teeth marks on wooden and plastic structures
- Evidence of rat droppings and urine
- Rats nest (usually made of insulation, cardboard, and other soft items)
- Wires and cables gnawed on
Why You Should be Worried About a Rat or Mice Infestation
Rats and mice are hosts to a myriad of diseases which can be transmitted through their urine and droppings, lice, or bodily fluids. These diseases include the hantavirus, plague, leptospirosis, Weil’s disease, and more.
How to Take Care of a Rat Problem
Mice and rats both gain access to your home through small holes and cracks in your walls. The first line of defence against having to share your home with them is to seal up any entry points. Another way to prevent an infestation is to make your home less welcoming for these furry creatures. You can do this by:
- Keeping your home clean
- Keeping garbage bins covered
- Have a pet dog or cat
If you suspect that there are already rodents living in your property in Toronto is by having a Toronto Rat Removal company take care of it for you. An expert could make sure that the pests are safely and permanently removed.