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Vancouver's food scrap ban should deter rats: expert

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – New rules requiring you to separate your compost from your garbage should decrease in the number of rodents in your yard according to Mike Londry with West Side Pest Control

He says as long as food scrap bins are contained, the new system will be a big improvement when it comes to keeping rats away. “A lot of people in their backyard are actually using regular composts because they want to do the right thing and compost a lot of their organic waste but with bins they are going to be picked up on a weekly basis and they have lids.”

Londry also has some tips for those who live in multi-unit buildings. “You want to make sure [rodents] can’t gain access to those garbage and recycling rooms whether it is by putting door sweeps along garage doors or having trapping stations in place at potential entry points, that is going to help prevent it.”

The Metro Vancouver food scrap ban comes into effect on Jan 1st.