City may own part of rat problem
RE: Rats on the increase
It comes as no surprise that there is an increase in the sightings of rats, and the city may be partially responsible.
I live on a narrow cul-de-sac that’s too narrow for the garbage truck to turn in, so a common dumping area is used. Our garbage pickup often happens at 6-6:30 in the morning so residents are forced to put the garbage out at the night before. Although I have seen no rats as yet it is common to see skunks, raccoons, possums and birds tearing into the garbage, spewing the open contents of bags everywhere. It only stands to reason that rats would be attracted to this easy meal. Although green recycle bins are used, plastic garbage bags are regularly torn apart by animals looking for a hand out.
One solution would be pickup later in the morning so residents can put their garbage out first thing rather than the night before. Also, because we have a common dumping area, that the city provide large dumpster bins. Rob Nichols, Hamilton