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Rat Mitigation

Rat Mitigation

The City of Armstrong recognizes the developing issue of wildlife conflicts within our community.  The City is taking a leadership role through providing education and resources to the community and creating a resource hub. As part of the process of working with the community, the Council adopted the City of Armstrong Wildlife and Vector Bylaw No. 1860, 2020. This bylaw is the basis of the City’s ability to work with our community and enables the City to take steps in working with property owners to mitigate wildlife conflicts.

The City has identified the reporting of rats as an increasing complaint from citizens. Most complaints have  been regarded as concerns rather than actual founded issues having direct contact with rats.  The City recognizes that important steps need to be taken to educate our citizens and property owners as everyone needs to play a role in prevention before the issue escalates. One of the most effecitve actions that can be taken by everyone is to eliminate wildlife attractants within their property. Eliminating attracts includes but is not limited to rodent proofing your home and outbuildings, removing food sources, water sources and keeping your property free of materials and dense vegetation.

Secondary to eliminating attractants, citizens and property owners can use physical control options such as trapping and the use of baits. The City does not promote or condone the use of poison baits and recommends that you consult with a professional before using. There are many retailers within our community that can be consulted and they carry a wide range of products. In addition, the use of a pest control company could be used which eliminates which eleminates the risks invovled in handling your physical control options.

There are many humane steps that citizens and property owners can take to mitigate rodents. Some simple options are:

  • cover compost containers with ¼” hardware mesh to create a non-penetrable barrier;
  • use a box to enclose snap traps to eliminate harm to other wildlife or domesticated animals;
  • place snap traps perpendicular to the wall and on a stable surface to prevent the trap from moving;
  • provide continual monitoring and maintenance of your property to eliminate attractants; and
  • most importantly take all appropriate steps to manage this issue.

"Snap Trap" Boxes - A trap box is a simple box that encloses a snap trap and prevents unwanted interactions with the trap and adds a layer of safety when traps can not be easily monitored. The boxes can be easy made.


Ensure there is enough clearance for the bar to act freely without hitting the top or the sides of the box. Core a 1 1/2 “ hole on one end and place only one screw at the opposite side to enable easy access to the trap. It’s recommended to prebait the box before using a trap to accustom the rodent to getting bait from the box. Once you have had bait taken a couple of times you can start using your snap trap. The box must be placed on a stable surface so it does not move and so it is parallel to a wall.

Detailed resources that may assist you include:

If you have concerns about rodents and or other wildlife please do not hesitate to contact the City of Armstrong, a pest control expert or one of our community's retailers who specialize in rodent mitigation.