Rats and other rodents
Several species of rodents are found in the Kootenays including the house mouse, pack rat, black (roof) rat, and Norway (brown) rat.
Management of rats and other rodents is the responsibility of property owners. Rat sightings should be reported to the owner or manager of the property where it was spotted. Rodent traps are available at local hardware stores. In the event that your property has an infestation not controllable through prevention and traps, contact a pest management company (links below).
If you spot a rat in a park or public space, you can contact Town Hall at 250-428-2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dead rodents should be double bagged, sealed, and placed in your trash for collection. Always wear gloves when handling rodents, whether they are alive or dead. Gloves should also be worn when reusing traps.
To prevent rats from living on your property eliminate potential food sources, water sources, and hiding/living places. Detailed preventative measures and control methods can be found on the following websites:
Pest control companies
The species of skunk found in the Kootenays is the Striped Skunk. Skunks are able to adapt to a wide range of habitats and are often found living in urban areas, where food opportunities are abundant. They are omnivores and will eat a wide variety of foods including plants, insects, and rodents.
To prevent skunks from living on your property eliminate potential food sources, water sources, and hiding/living places. Detailed preventative measures can be found at WildSafeBC - Skunks.
Raccoons are among the most adaptable animals found in BC, and can be found everywhere from forests to urban centres. They are omnivores and will eat nearly anything. Raccoons can become very comfortable in the human environment and can cause a wide variety of preventable problems, including digging up lawns in search of grubs.
To prevent raccoons from living on your property eliminate potential food sources, water sources, and hiding/living places. Detailed preventative measures can be found at WildSafeBC - Raccoons.
Property Maintenance Bylaw No. 1813, 2015
In addition to improving neighbourhood aesthetics and reducing potential hazards, the Property Maintenance Bylaw acts to prevent pest attractants by:
- Prohibiting accumulation of refuse and water on properties.
- Prohibiting owners and occupants of properties from permitting or allowing the property to become or remain unsightly.
- Including Property and Boulevard Maintenance Standards
You can view a copy of the bylaw here.