June 13, 2018 – The City of Thunder Bay, in partnership with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit launched its Rat Prevention & Control educational campaign and unveiled a promotional video and brochure today.
In 2017, City Council approved the introduction of a formal promotion and education campaign, to educate residents on effective control methods to prevent an increase in the rat population.
The City of Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit have a long-standing partnership when it comes when it comes to enforcement initiatives and both operate on a complaint-driven system. The City’s Licensing & Enforcement Division enforces property standards and yard maintenance by-laws to deal with issues on private property. The Health Unit enforces complaints if warranted through the Health Protection and Promotion Act. Residents are required to address rat issues on their own property.
“Promotion and education are very important in providing residents with the tools needed to prevent an increase in the rat population,” said Jason Sherband – Manager, Solid Waste & Recycling, City of Thunder Bay. “We want to encourage residents to take the necessary steps and take action in their neighbourhood.”
“The Health Unit has been tracking sightings and complaints to better understand which areas of the city have the largest population,” said Lee Sieswerda – Manager of Environmental Health Programs, Thunder Bay District Health Unit. “In addition, letters were distributed to residents in areas where multiple sightings have been reported to provide them with information on control measures. We hope that with this educational campaign, residents can better understand the control measures and help to prevent an increase of rats in our city.”
The promotional video and brochure provides information and outlines steps residents can take to prevent and control the rat population.
For more information, visit: http://www.thunderbay.ca/ratprevention or view the video below:
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Contact: Amanda Rozenuk, Communications Officer – Infrastructure & Operations, 474-4810