Vancouver Coastal Health has closed 14 restaurants in the past six months due to pest infestations. Authorities say the problem is worsening but it may be solved by killing the rats.
According to reports from the CBC, Vancouver Coastal Health is suggesting making it a requirement to exterminate rats before buildings are torn down. The health authority claims the rats are increasing in population because proper precautions are not being taken to ensure there are no rats in the buildings before they are demolished.
According to pest controllers, the process requires several attempts to successfully fumigate such large areas and populations. The rats have reproduced significantly and young are being born each night worsening the problem.
A more proactive solution, suggests Peter McLaughlin, owner of a pest-control company, is to improve sanitation on Vancouver streets thereby cutting off the rats' source of food and alleviating the problem. Vancouver Coastal Health has received no answer from the City of Vancouver.
Vancouver Coastal Health has completed 50 food establishment closures in total in 2009. Among the restaurants closed for rodent and pest infestations includes Jo Jo's Cafe, Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant, Second Cup, and Nirvana Restaurant.