A very “ratty” problem deserved a longterm solution — and it got one, as residents from Applewood Heights applauded efforts by Peel Region to put a curb on its local infestation. The region approved a 12-month pilot pest control subsidy program at last week’s regular regional council meeting, which was launched in response to concerns from residents and councillors regarding an increase in rodent populations throughout the region.
As reported by Asia Metro last month, concerned residents in the Applewood Heights area spoke about a rat infestation has inundated homes, causing owners to deal with an influx of rodents displaced from their normal habitat and food supplies. “Our collective efforts have resulted in bringing awareness to this real rat problem in our area, Mississauga and the region… something will finally be done to assist residents in dealing with this difficult disturbance,”
Applewood Heights Residents’ Association spokesperson Athina Tagidou said Thursday regarding the program, which will provide a 50 per cent rebate of costs incurred by residents for the services of a professional pest control service, up to a maximum of $200 per year. “For many residents, the reality of having had to live with and deal with this experience has been very unpleasant and stressful… however, moving forward plans will be put in place to directly address and deal with this rat problem.
Through the new program, residents will have to submit invoices from licensed pest control vendors. In addition, regional council also approved a motion to develop an integrated pest management plan to address the root causes of rodent populations. Reports from concerned homeowners last month indicated dozens of trapped and dead rodents, with photos detailing sustained efforts by residents to document each sighting.
Upon passing of the motion, Peel Regional Chair Nando Iannicca said he was “pleased that council supported this important step to address a common urban concern,” and thanked Ward 3 councillor Chris Fonseca for liaising with residents to bring the issue to light. The next steps for the residents in the Applewood Heights area will include follow-up with Fonseca regarding specific by-law language addressing the presence of rats on properties, and awaiting the announcement of how homeowners can apply for the subsidy, said Tagidou.
“Thanks to all residents who have had to deal with this rat problem all this tim,e and for many who continue to do so – for your patience and support as we continue to work together on this issue,” Tagidou said