Nfld. & Labrador

Overrun by rodents? St. John's named 'rattiest' city


Orkin Canada's results are based on the number of rodent treatments over one year

Orkin Canada named its top five 'rattiest' cities in Atlantic Canada, based on the number of treatments over a year. (CBC)

St. John's is No. 1 in Atlantic Canadian cities when it comes to rats, according to Orkin Canada.

Halifax, Saint John, Moncton and Dartmouth round out the top five.

Mount Pearl and Paradise came in at No. 6 and 7 on the list, respectively.

The dubious distinction is based on the number of commercial and residential treatments the pest control company provided for rats and mice in Atlantic Canada from Sept. 1, 2016, to Aug. 31, 2017, according to a news release from the company issued Tuesday. 

Orkin said as temperatures drop, rodents will look for food and water inside. To eliminate rats or mice calling your house or business home, the company suggests:

  • Seal any crack or holes in the foundation with weather-resistant sealant
  • Trim shrubbery to get rid of  any hiding spots for rodents
  • Eliminate any moisture sources, like clogged gutters or water pooling in trash or recycling bins