They are everywhere and growing in large numbers. Hamilton is facing a serious rat infestation. The number of calls to Hamilton Public Health about rats has doubled when compared to last year, and the number is expected to increase for at least another two years, said Robert Hall, director of health protection in Hamilton. Hall is suggesting that the rats are scurrying away from bait traps the city is placing in sewers. Last year, the city spent about $18,000 dropping bait traps into manholes.
City construction is also a likely cause for rats to scatter and seek shelter. Once digging starts, rats like to come out. Hamilton residents can seek damages in civil court to attempt to recover the cost of getting rid of rats if caused by a builder. Majority of rat calls in Hamilton have been in the North end and on the Mountain, especially around areas where there is new development. It is important to contact the city should you have a rat issue – they are available to help. Hamilton has hired a new health inspector to deal specifically with rat complains which will help distributer information to people about rat behaviour and how to keep them out of the house.
Rat calls by year in Hamilton
- 2010: 56
- 2011: 44
- 2012: 37
- 2013: 58
- 2014: 121
Signs to look out for a rat infestation
- Live or dead rats
- Droppings, especially around human or pet food or in or around trash areas
- Noises in the dark, such as scratching sounds from the attic
- Nests or piled nesting materials in hidden areas
- Evidence of gnawing of wires or structural wood
- Burrows around the yard; under the home or outbuildings; or gnawed fruits in trees
- Smudge marks along walls or rodent hairs along paths, in nests, or near food
How to treat a rat infestation
Rats can spread disease through biting or contact with their fecal matter, or droppings. It is extremely important to always contact a professional to properly access the situation. Our highly trained technicians are only a phone call away. Have any questions or concerns? Please contact us today!