Swift Current steps up rat-control efforts

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Swift Current steps up rat-control efforts


CBC News

A rat was spotted wandering on a Swift Current sidewalk last month. (CBC)

Swift Current is beefing up its rat-control squad amid an unprecedented infestation of the vermin.

Nine pest control officers from the province will join two already working for the city.

Since late May, hundreds of Norway rats have been found in the city of 15,000 in the southwest part of the province.A rat was spotted wandering on a Swift Current sidewalk last month.

The local health region said some people reported being bitten in their beds. Some business operators said they were worried the infestation was hurting them financially and was giving their city a bad name.

When a rat turned up in Calgary last week, officials in Alberta - which bills itself a rat-free province - were quick to suggest it came from Saskatchewan.

In recent weeks, the city has been putting 100 kilograms of poison rat bait per day at the city landfill - and the bait is being gobbled up.

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