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Residential rat control program

A subsidy program for those who qualify.

Rats can cause damage by gnawing and burrowing. They can contaminate food, spread disease and reduce our quality of life.

Beginning January 4, 2021 assistance will be available for qualifying residents that are dealing with rats on the exterior of their property. Phase 1 of the Residential Rat Control Subsidy Program will allow residents to submit original receipts or invoices for rat traps, baits or licensed pest control vendors purchased and/or dated from June 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021.

The program will provide a 50% subsidy of the total costs up to a maximum of $200 per year, per residential Region of Peel address.

Phase 2 of the Residential Rat Control Subsidy Pilot Program will be launched in Spring 2021 and updates to the program will be available on the website.

For more information, call 905-791-7800 or email us. Please ensure to provide your address in the message box so that we can assist you better.

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Rats seek out places to live that provide them with everything they need to survive, such as food, water, shelter and safe ways for them to get around. To keep rats away from your property or neighbourhood, you and your neighbours can take steps to make life more difficult for rats:

Eliminate food supply

  • Keep garbage and compost in containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Use the special lock on your green bin. This lock stops animals from opening the bin.
  • Avoid leaving pet food outside.
  • Keep bins far enough apart to prevent animals from standing on top of one bin to open the lid of another.
  • Set out your bagged waste the day of collection (before 7 a.m.) and not the night before.
  • Clean up bird seed that has spilled onto the ground. Don't use bird feeders until your yard is rat-free.
  • Pick up fallen fruit. Bring ripe produce in as soon as possible.

Eliminate sources of water

  • Turn off and drain water fountains or features.
  • Remove bird baths and turn over containers that can hold water.

Eliminate potential shelter

  • Keep your property tidy to discourage rats from nesting.
  • Keep wood piles or other materials away from walls, and at least 30 cm (1 ft) off the ground.
  • Keep your grass short. Trim shrubs and plantings.

Eliminate points of entry

  • Rats can squeeze through openings the size of a quarter. Seal all holes and cracks in foundations, walls, floors and windows.
  • Cover pipes and vents outside the property with fine mesh metal screening.

Step 1: Prevention

  • If you have rats on the exterior property of your home, review How to keep rats off your property.
  • If you’ve already hired a licensed pest control vendor or purchased rat traps or bait, go to step 2.

Step 2: Eligibility

Apply for the subsidy if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have used specific rat control services including rat traps, bait, and licensed pest control services. The subsidy does not include any other pest control. It is for services to the exterior property of the residence only.
  • You have the original receipt or invoice (dated between June 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021).
  • The address is listed on the bill of service. 
  • You can confirm that rat traps and bait are being used at the address on the application.
  • You include receipts or invoices for all rat traps, bait, and rat control services purchased and intended to be rebated for that calendar year.
  • Your property is in the Region of Peel (Brampton, Caledon or Mississauga).
  • Your property is a single-family residential, detached, semi-detached, duplex, or triplex residential home. Businesses, apartments, and apartment-style condominiums are not eligible.
  • You will allow a Regional representative to visit the exterior of your property to verify information on the application.
  • You are the registered owner or occupant of the residential property identified in the application.

Read the full Residential Rat Control Subsidy Program Terms and Conditions.

Step 3: Download and print the application form

  • The residential property owner or occupant must complete all fields on the application form. A signature is required.
  • List purchased items for rat control using the information on your receipt or invoice.
  • Print the application form and mail in the application form and all original receipts or invoices dated between June 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.
  • Please keep a copy of all documentation for your records.

Download application form

Step 4:  Mail in application form with original receipts or invoices

  • Mail in the application form and all original receipts or invoices dated between June 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.
  • Residential Rat Control Subsidy Program
    2 Copper Road
    Brampton, ON
    L6T 4W5

Step 5: Application form review

  • The Region of Peel will review your application based on the program requirements and Terms and Conditions.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive a cheque by mail to the address identified on the application.
  • The Region of Peel has the right to deny an application that does not meet the program requirements. If your application is denied, we will contact you by phone or email.

How does the program work?

The program will help residential property owners who have a rat infestation on the exterior of their home. The program provides a 50% subsidy of the incurred costs up to a maximum of $200 per calendar year, per residential address.

Residents can submit receipts or invoices for rat traps, baits, or licensed pest control vendors from June 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible, you must own or occupy a single-family residential, detached, semi-detached, duplex, or triplex residential home in Brampton, Mississauga, or Caledon.

Are condos or multi-residential properties eligible to apply?

No. Contact your property management company to address a rat infestation.

Are commercial property owners eligible to apply?

No.

Do I need to hire an Ontario-licensed pest control company to be eligible for the subsidy?

Currently, residents can submit receipts or invoices for rat traps or baits or for the use of a licensed pest control company.

Beginning in Spring 2021, residents will need to hire a Peel Region-approved licensed pest control vendor. Vendors will be licensed under the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

Information on the Peel Region-approved vendors will be available on the peelregion.ca website in Spring 2021.

Can I claim the subsidy for pest control services for the interior of my home?

No. The subsidy is for exterior infestations only.

What is the eligible subsidy amount?

The maximum eligible subsidy is 50% of incurred costs for rat traps, baits, and licensed pest control services up to a maximum of $200 per calendar year (January to December), per residential address.

The subsidy date will be based on the date purchased or the date of service and not the date the application was submitted.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Download and complete the application form.

Step 2: Mail your completed application to:

Residential Rat Control Subsidy Program
2 Copper Road
Brampton, ON
L6T 4W5

What information do I need to apply for the subsidy?

You must complete all of the fields in the application provide original receipts or invoices.

What if I don’t have the original receipt or invoice?

To be eligible for the subsidy, you must provide an original receipt or invoice.

What happens after I submit my application?

The Region will review the application. If approved, we will mail a subsidy cheque to the applicant. If for any reason an application is denied, we will contact the applicant by phone or email stating the reasons for the denial.

What do I do if my neighbour’s property has rats on it?

Speak to your neighbour. Share these tips for dealing with and preventing rats, such as removing food sources and areas where rats may reproduce.

If necessary, refer the property to the local area municipality property standards or bylaw.

Where do rats nest?

Different species of rats prefer different nesting locations.

Roof Rats typically prefer to nest in higher locations, such as ceilings and attics.

Norway Rats are the most common type of rats in Ontario. They prefer to nest in lower locations such as ground burrows and wall voids.

Can I get sick from cleaning up rat droppings?

Yes.

Always clean up rat droppings properly.

The risk of disease from dried rodent feces is very low in Canada, but disturbing dried rat feces may cause pathogens to go into the air and enter the body via airways.

How are rats dangerous?

Though the risk of transmission in Peel is low, rats can spread ticks, fleas and diseases.

Rats can contaminate food with hair, droppings, and urine. They can damage property by gnawing on electrical wires or by chewing insulation, siding, and wallboard.

What happens if I get bitten by a rat?

Rats have large teeth. If they’re threatened, they might bite.

If a rat bites you, clean and disinfect the bite area right away and contact a medical professional immediately.

How do I use rat poisons and traps?

  • Store rat poisons and traps in their original containers with the label and instructions. Keep the container away from children, pets, wildlife, and livestock. Store the pesticide in a locked cabinet if there are children in the house and dispose of it with care.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Place rat bait in areas where children or pets can’t get to it.
  • Consider consulting a licensed pest control professional before using rat poisons or traps.

How do I dispose of dead rats?

You can bury the dead rat next to a tree on your property line or dispose of it in your garbage.

When disposing of a dead rat:

  • Never touch the rat with your bare hands. Wear disposable gloves and use a shovel or plastic bag to pick it up.
  • Put the dead rat and any used gloves or bags inside 2 plastic bags (double bag). Put this bag in your garbage bin.
  • Disinfect any tools that might have come into contact with the rat.
  • Wash your hands after disposing of the dead rat.