With the city of Montreal feeling like one big construction site, our not-so-friendly city rodents are finding new, unexpected places to call home.
Several boroughs around the island are experiencing the joys of road and sewer repairs. Although certainly appreciated and necessary for the long-term upkeep of our beautiful city, such works also come with their share of irritants; traffic, noise, mess, detours, and, unfortunately, an increased chance of finding an unexpected visitor in your toilet!
Indeed, rats swimming up damaged sewer pipes is not just another urban myth. Sewer rats can swim for up to 72 hours. They are extremely agile, can gnaw through hard materials, can jump up to 2 meters high, and can crawl through an opening as small as 2 cm. They are therefore equipped to crawl right into your home.
The most affected areas are Outremont, Westmount, St Laurent and the Plateau-Mont-Royal. However, an increase of rodents in human occupied spaces has been noticed throughout the city.
Sewer Repairs are Not the Only Cause for the Sudden Rat Invasion
With the Increase in New Constructions, Rats Flee their Habitat
Boroughs undergoing a lot of new construction (building, homes) are also at risk. The construction noise often scares rats away from their territory and they are forced to find refuge elsewhere. Of course, homes are a place of choice, as they provide an above average warm shelter, equipped with plenty of food.
People don’t bother rats. They are very clever rodents and can go unnoticed for months before homeowners become aware of their presence. Traveling easily through walls and pipelines, rats safely nest in houses and apartment buildings . The issue is that, on top of being repugnant to most people, they can cause dangerous physical and material damages to humans. Moreover, rodents reproduce at an astonishingly fast pace.
Meteorological Conditions Instigate Rodents to Infiltrate Your Home
Mild winters, heavy rain, and floods are also the cause of this sudden rat invasion around the island.
During the West Island flood of last spring, residents came face to face with 2-feet-long rats. Heavy rains and floods cause rats to move from their underground habitats in search of food and shelter.
Simultaneously, the last few winters have been mild, hence creating ideal breeding conditions for our unpleasant little friends.
And the Mice Will Play
Like rats, mice populations have also been on the rise in Montreal. Like their cousin the rat, these smaller rodents have also been busy infiltrating homes, restaurants, shops, warehouses, and office buildings. Similar to rats, mice also carry disease and can make significant property damage. However, they are not known to attack humans, as rats do when they feel threatened.
No matter the type of rodent that infiltrates your property, if you suspect you might have a rodent problem, you should call a certified exterminator immediately to avoid harmful damage and possible infestation.
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