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article imageSwift Current Outlines Plan to Battle Rats

By Kevin Jess     Sep 3, 2009 in Health
The city of Swift Current, Saskatchewan has a rat problem so bad that some people say they've even been bitten in their beds.
Swift Current has outlined it's plan to battle a rat infestation, a problem that even has neighboring Albertans worried.
The first step to be taken will be to kill them at the dump where most of them live and breed, says city councillor Jerrod Schaefer.
He says the city is committed to ridding the city of the rat problem and they have now hired eleven new officers to deal with it. The additional staff are in action as of today reports Swift Current Online.
Schaefer said that the city has invested more than $300,000 in their fight including about $2,000 per day putting out 100 kilograms of poison at the dump since Aug. 18 reports Canadian Press.
He says, “The provincial pest control officer advises us that there is no magic bullet solution for rats. Common sense and expert advice tell us that it involves a diligent long-term effort. Any company claiming they can rid our city of rats in two weeks in our opinion has no more credibility than the pied piper.”
Swift Current is only about 160 km from the Alberta/Saskatchewan border.
Rob Pulyk, a spokesman for Alberta's Rat Patrol program said "They definitely have an infestation. It's going to be important to get it under control fairly quickly because the literature states that one pair can produce over 15,000 descendents in three years," reported CBC News in late August.
The province of Alberta boasts of being rat free, after decades of fighting the rodent. The province bans the purchase of rats as pets and has Alberta landowners along a stretch of land 631 km long and 25 km wide patrolling for Saskatchewan rats as a precaution.
The city of Swift Current will hold a news conference later this week to update residents.
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