Fact sheet: Rat control in the City of Toronto
August 22, 2017
Large urban environments provide excellent habitats for rats to survive and thrive. The City of Toronto uses a variety of methods and actions with regard to rodent control on public property. Residents and business owners are responsible for maintaining their own properties to prevent issues with rodents.
What the City does:
- Address complaints for garbage or debris issues that attract rats at rental apartment buildings, or if rodent issues are not addressed by a landlord.
- Observe wildlife as part of routine park maintenance, and develop action plans when wildlife create problems for park users. If an increase in rodents, particularly rats, occurs, exterminators are engaged as required.
- Investigate all complaints relating to rodent infestations in food premises, institutions (including hospitals, senior care facilities, and child care centres) and schools.
- Place bait in the sewer system as a result of a complaint, or where an increased population of rats has been noted.
- Regularly empty garbage bins and bags at City facilities and sweep Nathan Phillips Square and David Pecaut Square.
- Retain a pest control service to monitor and fill bait stations at City facilities as required.
What residents and business can do to ensure rodent and pest control on private property:
- Store garbage in rodent-proof containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Reduce clutter to prevent hiding spots (wood piles, old tires, etc.).
- Eliminate sources of food (fallen fruit, pet food left outdoors, grass seed, etc.).
- Secure composters to prevent rodents from entering.
- Keep areas around bird feeders and bird baths clean.
- Cut tall grass around the house
- Residents should seek private pest control services in case of rat infestation.