What Damage Can Rats Do to Property3

Rats are sometimes viewed as tiny and terrible creatures of destruction, causing thousands of dollars in damage to properties. In 2017 CTV revealed that Canada’s rat population increased by 200 per cent over the previous year — potential for double the damage.

Understanding rats

What Damage Can Rats Do to Property

Rats are smart, furry rodents that feed on most anything and can survive in poor living conditions. Two rats common to North America are the Norway rat and roof rat. Both have different habits, and both have destructive capabilities:

  • The Norway rat builds elaborate tunnels and burrows at ground level, making them more difficult to track and remove. It thrives on damp, hidden areas like crawl spaces or garages.
  • The roof rat, on the other hand, is an agile climber that hides on trees and vines. It burrows in attics, rafters, or roofs of buildings.

Damage to property

  • Rats will chew on anything they deem useful to build a nesting ground. The options include electrical wires (especially the insulated ones, which can cause fires).
  • Rats like damp, dark, and hidden nooks, which sometimes make them difficult to locate (unless you hear scratching, clawing, and other odd noises).
  • Rats can destroy a kitchen pantry. Even sealed boxes and containers are vulnerable to their incisors. Stored, sealed food can be at risk.
  • Rats leave urine trails and fecal droppings which contaminate surfaces and can spread disease. These trails invite more rats to your property because the smells and markings have identified it as a “rat home.”

What Damage Can Rats Do to Property

Initial rat control

Sneaky as they are, rats are careful to avoid traps. To effectively capture them, call an experienced pest control company. In the meantime, try to make your house rodent-proof:

  • Seal any gaps and cracks they can use as a point of entry
  • Replace important parts of your home with strong materials such as stainless steel
  • Clean all dark, damp and cluttered spaces inside and outside your property

Hire a professional pest removal team to take care of rat problems before they get worse. Professionals understand the nature and behaviour of pests, allowing them to find the most effective solution available.

Have you noticed signs of rat infestation in your home? Call the Pro-Pest office at (416) 487-4179 for safe rat extermination.

Why Toronto is the Raccoon Capital of the World

Raccoons are medium-sized mammals known for their greyish fur, extremely dexterous front paws, and facial mask. They are tiny, intelligent animals that normally live in the wild — such as the lush tree-lined areas of the city of Toronto, Ontario.

In recent years these seemingly harmless animals began rapidly populating and have infiltrated Toronto urban life. In fact, the city had a reported 100,000 raccoons in 2017. Their “growth spurt” was so massive that many people refer to the city as the “raccoon Capital of the World.” Obviously, raccoons aren’t under threat of extinction anytime soon. Their growth is unchecked, and that is making some city dwellers uneasy. Several removal and regulatory measures have been taken to curb this potential population problem.

When did raccoons start invading Toronto?

Why Toronto is the Raccoon Capital of the World

The Toronto Star chronicles the first sightings of raccoon infestation back in 2002, when the city launched its “organics bin” program, which separates compostable waste in “green bins.” The bins, however, became attractive fodder for raccoons, which found them easy to open by tipping them. With ample food at their disposal, these furry creatures flocked into neighbourhoods and backyards.

Why the sudden population boom?

Raccoons are omnivores, feeding mostly on grubs, insects, small animals, eggs, fleshy fruits, nuts, and vegetables (like corn). They’ll eat just about anything they can find in the garbage. In 2015, a Toronto Staff Report revealed that unintended feeding of animals caused their population to increase. By failing to lock green bins and leaving food outside for domestic animals, residents were helping the raccoons thrive.

How is the City solving the problem?

In 2014, Toronto officials considered euthanizing raccoons as a form of population control, but more than half of the city’s residents voted against it. Upon realizing that the green bins — and the food they contain — have attracted more raccoons, the City created raccoon-resistant garbage bins with locks. These bins are also heavier and harder to tip over. Since this is a long-term solution, slowly cutting off the additional food supply, the City also recommends seeking professionals using raccoon removal services when needed.

Raccoon Trapped in a Cage

How can I remove the raccoons on my own?

For safety, it is best not to try to move a raccoon. Forcibly removing an animal from your property is likely considered legal or inhumane; they are still identified as wildlife. Leave the raccoon removal process to the experts, especially if the animals in question could be carriers of disease.

Are raccoons starting a ruckus on your property? Call Pro-Pest for effective and professional raccoon removal service. Call our hotline at (416) 487-4179 or email our support department at info@pro-pest.ca.