How to Prevent Rats from Getting Inside Your Home and Business Buildings

Toronto’s Transit Construction Displacing More Rats, Part 2

Rat in garbage bag

As a home or commercial property owner, what can you do to help prevent rats from getting inside?

Firstly, rodent-proof your home:

  • Eliminate easy entry points by patching up any holes and covering any openings in and around your house and/or building. Rats can enter through a hole as small as the size of a quarter. Remember to take care of door thresholds as well as vents. Use heavy gauge wire mesh for vents and metal sheeting for holes. (Rats can chew through materials as tough as concrete if an established food source has been found.)

Secondly, eliminate potential food sources & nesting places:

  • Store garbage in tightly sealed containers and secure compost bins.
  • As much as possible, eliminate items on the property (including inside garages) that could act as hiding and nesting places (e.g. piles of wood, old tires, boxes filled with old clothes, etc.)
  • Eliminate easily accessible food sources (e.g. pet food left in the garage, fruit fallen from trees, grass seed, etc.)
  • Clean bird feeders, bird baths and surrounding areas often.
  • Maintain a clean kitchen. Do not leave food out in the open. Store dry food (including pet food) in glass or metal containers that seal tightly.

Additionally, keep an eye out for signs of rats on your property including:

  • Chewed or gnawed food, food packaging and other materials
  • Capsule-shaped droppings and urine
  • Burrows (holes) in and around foundation walls

Your best bet in preventing a rat infestation more successfully however is to receive an inspection from a professional who can offer personalized recommendations.

Advantage Pest Control Inc. is happy to service you with such an inspection from one of our leading rodent control specialists. We provide FREE inspections for commercial properties.

Most importantly, if you suspect your property has rats, be proactive and hire a professional company sooner rather than later to tackle the issue. Rats breed quickly and do not go away easily. In fact, by the time most property owners realize they have a rat issue they already have a serious rat infestation. Rats do not typically run around during the day when they are in plain sight.

Recent changes to the Ministry of Environment guidelines for rodenticide use by the public have also made it even more difficult to eliminate rats on your own. For safety reasons, effective rodent control products that were previously available to the public are now only accessible to licensed professionals. Therefore, receiving rat control service from a licensed professional is highly recommended.

Call us at 416-840-4040 or email to speak to a rodent control specialist today.

Rats Toronto – A Division of Advantage Pest Control Inc. © 2014

Toronto’s Transit Construction Displacing More Rats

City Construction Displaces Rats

You may have recently heard in the news how city construction has been displacing many rats from their long-established burrows, forcing them to look for new places to live and establish as their territories. This means greater infestation risk for downtown businesses and homes especially as the weather gets colder and rats become more desperate to find warm places to stay.

This is not a new issue for Toronto or other big cities where expansion and construction is commonplace and ongoing, nor is this exclusive to Toronto’s downtown Union station renovation. In fact, the building of Metrolinx’s new Eglinton Crosstown light rail line is also causing significant movement in rodent colonies in the city. We are seeing an increase in movement along Eglinton Avenue of course, but also extending north all the way up to Lawrence Avenue and York Mills Road, as well as extending south to St. Clair Avenue, Bloor Street, College Street and even Queen Street. Rats are very persistent and easily travel far from their nest in order to find food, so seeing rats travelling far to find shelter does not come as a surprise. This is not something to be taken lightly. Rats are not an easy pest to manage and in the city of Toronto, there is definitely no shortage of rats at any time, without the extra movement occurring due to large construction projects.

As the winter season fast approaches and temperatures continue to drop, this will be even more evident as these numerous rats move indoors in order to survive.

So as a home or commercial property owner, what can you do to help prevent these pests from getting inside in the first place?

Come back tomorrow to read our rat prevention tips!

Call us at 416-840-4040 or email to speak to a rodent control specialist today.

Rats Toronto – A Division of Advantage Pest Control Inc. © 2014

Norway Rats in Toronto

Unfortunately when pest control problems are left unregulated and untreated, they quickly develop into severe problems. We have been doing a call in Toronto which has severe rat infestation. The rats have been chewing holes in the walls and damaging the contents of the location. This call is using an integrated pest management program for rats which includes bait, trapping and exclusion methods. Below are some images from that call. The rats are Norway rats. The first image is of an adult and a young adult. The second image is a pregnant female.

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Pregnant Norway Rat From Call In Toronto
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Two adult Norway rats from a call in Toronto

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Preventing Mice and Rat Infestations


It has become an increasing concern that rodents (mice and rats) are entering homes across the Peel region (including Brampton, Mississauga, and Oakville). A thorough inspection around your home should be performed and any holes sealed to prevent entry. Other points of entry can be broken evestroughs and via attached garages.


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A family of mice can spread quickly inside your home.

Exclusion is the primary technique to preventing and controlling mice infestations. The homeowner should eliminate areas of harborouge and food sources. Garbage and food remnants should be in sealed plastic containers to avoid creating a food source to feed mice.


Where exclusion has proved to not be enough to prevent mice or rat infestations it may be necessary to provide service to the interior of the home. We have treated many homes in Markham and Toronto for pest control for rodents. It may also be necessary to treat the garage if this is deemed a potential entry point for the rodents.

For more information please visit Mice Toronto and Rats Toronto

Recommended Pest Products

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If you have cockroaches we recommend the Cockroach Elimination Package. This package includes Diatomaceous Earth Dust, one Pro-B1, one Aerosol spray and Insect monitors.

If you have mice we recommend the Mice Elimination Package. This package includes 3 bait stations, 2 pkgs of bait, 10 glueboards, and 4 snap traps.

Now if you have multiple pests in your home or you just want to be extra cautious, we have our Total Pest Elimination Package which includes 1 package bait, 2 mouse bait stations, 5 glue boards, 1 Pro Bug X, 1 Aerosol, 200g Diatomaecous Earth, 3 Insect Monitors

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