Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Friday January 27, 2017
Hamilton’s rat problem 5th worst in Ontario
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Hamilton is known for a lot of things, and its rat population is starting to become one of them.
To be sure, we’re not in the big leagues. New York and London, England are definitely the places to go if you want to see furry vermin.
But a recent rodent ranking by a pest control company suggests we are becoming a contender.
Orkin Canada says Hamilton is the fifth “rattiest city” in Ontario. Cities were ranked by the number of rodent (rat and mice) treatments the company performed from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. The ranking was based on both residential and commercial calls.
Toronto was number one in the province followed by Ottawa. An Orkin spokesperson said the results were “not weighed for population size.” So the top five “rattiest cities” list resembles closely the top five municipalities by population in Ontario.
“In theory it is probably correct to see a correlation (between population and rodent treatments) but some cities, Brampton (10), Windsor, (7) and London (12) for example, do not follow this pattern,” a spokesperson for Orkin said. (Source: Hamilton Spectator)