Residential Rat Control Subsidy Pilot Program now available

The Region of Peel’s Residential Rat Control Subsidy Pilot Program will be available from March 22, 2021 to March 31, 2022 for Peel residents. The pilot program was launched to help qualifying residents that are experiencing rat infestations on the exterior of their property. Residential property owners may be eligible for a 50 per cent subsidy of the cost in hiring a Region of Peel approved pest control vendor, up to a maximum of $200 per calendar year, per residential Peel address.

The pilot program is available from March 22, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

Eligibility requirements
o You must own or occupy a single-family residential, detached, duplex, or triplex residential home in Brampton, Mississauga, or Caledon.
o Determine that the exterior of your property has a rat infestation.
o Hire a Region of Peel approved pest control vendor.
o Complete the application and submit all applicable documents including invoices.

Community effort
Rats travel through neighbourhoods to find food, water and shelter. It’s important for community members to work together to prevent infestations in your neighbourhood. If possible, work with
your surrounding neighbours to remove any
conditions that rats need to survive.


Prevent rats on your property

Eliminate food and water sources
o Ensure that your garbage, recycling, and green bins are in good condition (for example, no holes) and that the lids are always closed. If you have a broken or damaged bin, report it online.
o After collection, remove your bins and uncollected items from the curb as soon as possible.
o We encourage you to set out your waste, including bulky items (such as a sofa or mattress), the morning of your collection day, before 7am to
avoid rat infestation.
o Clean up any spilled bird seed from the ground and avoid bird feeders until the yard is rat-free.
o Turn off and drain water features, bird baths or any containers that hold water.
o Pick up any fallen fruits and vegetables. Bring ripe produce into your home as soon as possible.
o Avoid leaving pet food outside and clean up
pet waste.
o Don’t feed wildlife.

Eliminate potential shelter
o Keep wood piles or other materials away from walls, and at least 30 cm (1 ft.) off the ground.
o Keep your grass short. Trim shrubs and plantings.

Eliminate points of entry
o Seal all holes and cracks in foundations, walls, floors and windows. Rats can squeeze through openings the size of a quarter.