Rat calls skyrocket as LRT construction drives out rodents

One Ottawa exterminator says right now is the "worst he's ever seen" for rat sightings, leading to a 25 per cent increase in calls.

Exterminator says he's seen from 10 to 12 calls per day for rats in Ottawa

LRT construction pushes rats to Ottawa streets

8 years ago
Duration 2:19
Rat calls are really high, according to an exterminator, which is due to LRT construction.

Calls for rat sightings have jumped to 10 to 12 per day for one Ottawa exterminator and he credits the light rail construction for the increase in work.

Rob Caron said Ottawa's rat problem is the "worst he's ever seen" citing a 25 per cent increase in calls.

The rats are looking for new homes as light rail construction pushes them from underground, though the City of Ottawa said statistics show a decrease in rat complaints.

Watch the video above to learn more about Ottawa's possible rat problem.