June 19, 2014 7:31 pm
Updated: June 20, 2014 12:58 am

Vancouver’s rat problem might be even worse this year


WATCH: Composting created the perfect habitat for nesting rats but are the rodents really a health risk to humans? Linda Aylesworth has the story.

VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver has moved in to clean up the mess that created a skin-crawling problem for a Vancouver daycare.

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An infestation of rats had forced the daycare to keep children inside and off their playground. The rats had been attracted by a compost pile from a community garden, which included food and is only supposed to be in an enclosed compost.

On Thursday the compost pile was cleaned up and rat traps were laid out to catch any rodents that may still be around.

A local pest control expert says this has been a worse year than usual for rats.

“It has been a pretty good year,” said exterminator┬áRob Stobbe, from The Pest Maven. “Generally I’m not doing as much rat work at this time of year and the last few days I’ve been literally inundated with rat calls.”

“In fact, I have to go to my distributor and restock on all my supplies because I’ve just been cleaned out in the last three days.”

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