City Hoping Frigid Temps Cut Rodent Population

Officials at the City of Windsor may be the only ones rooting for more extreme cold temperatures.

The city's Environmental Services Manager Anne Marie Albidone says last year's mild temps led to a spike in the rodent population, but the deep freeze we've been seeing lately should be cutting that number down.

She says rats hate the cold.

"I'm probably the only person in Windsor that was secretly happy that we were having really cold temperatures because those cold temperatures is what we needed for Mother Nature to kind of help us out with some of this rat population. We need really cold weather and that way that cold temperature gets down into the burrows to those rats and really effects them."

Albidone says the city's rodent control program was well used last year.

"Last year, we probably saw the most uptake on our program that we've ever seen in quite some time anyway. So I am very hopeful that those last couple of weeks, those temperatures are going to help control some of the population for us."

She says, for those still seeing rats, the city's rodent control program will continue in 2018.

"We had just a perfect storm in terms of the weather just really being conducive for these rodents to proliferate quite easily. So last year we did see quite a bit of people requiring the service. So we're continuing the service in 2018."

Last year, more than 1,300 properties were baited through the city's rodent control program.

For more information about the program head to citywindsor.ca.

— with files from AM800's Patty Handysides