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Salmon Arm does not make B.C.’s ‘top 20’ cities with rodents

Pest control company does annual ranking of B.C’s “rattiest” cities based on treatments performed
Province-wide, Salmon Arm did not rate among the top-20 cities in B.C. in terms of the number of businesses or households which used treatments by Orkin Canada pest control company to get rid of rats or mice from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. (Pixabay image)

It’s possible Salmon Arm is not as welcoming to rats as other communities.

Or perhaps fewer homeowners use a pest-control company. Or maybe it’s a matter of human population.

Although retailers have reported selling an abundance of rat control products in Salmon Arm over the past year, and homeowners have reported seeing the uninvited guests in and around their homes, rat infestations might not be as common in Salmon Arm as in other communities.

Pest control company Orkin Canada has done its annual ranking of B.C.’s top 20 “rattiest” cities.

Cities are ranked by the number of rodent (rat & mice) treatments the company performed from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. This ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

The full list of B.C.’s top 20 ‘rattiest’ cities, which Orkin Canada provided on Sept. 8, is as follows:

1) Vancouver, 2) Victoria, 3) Burnaby, 4) Richmond, 5) Surrey, 6) Kelowna, 7) Langley, 8) North Vancouver, 9) Coquitlam, 10) Abbotsford, 11) Vernon, 12) Delta, 13) Port Coquitlam, 14) Duncan, 15) Chilliwack, 16) Sidney, 17) Nanaimo, 18) Maple Ridge, 19) Terrace, 20) Powell River.

Click on this rat info-graphic to display the cities in question.

While Vernon is in 11th place and Kelowna is sixth, Salmon Arm did not make the list.

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Orkin offers some rodent prevention tips on its website.

• Close the gap: Seal any cracks or holes in your foundation with weather-resistant sealant. Install weather stripping around windows and doors, as well as door sweeps.

• 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.

• 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.
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Martha Wickett

About the Author: Martha Wickett

came to Salmon Arm in May of 2004 to work at the Observer. I was looking for a change from the hustle and bustle of the Lower Mainland, where I had spent more than a decade working in community newspapers.
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