Pest control company Orkin Canada has released its 2018 rodent rankings and Victoria has again taken home the dubious honour of B.C.'s second-rattiest city.

The achievement marks a three-peat for the capital city, whose high marks for livability apparently apply beyond human habitation to some of the world's least-loved urban dwellers.

Vancouver again clinched the number one spot and Burnaby slid into third, based on the number of commercial and residential pest control callouts for the company.

Victoria's status as a hub of rat activity was solidified on the international stage earlier this year when video emerged online of a large rat colliding with a young tobogganer in the Oaklands neighbourhood.

Rounding out the province's top five rodent locales in 2018 were Richmond and Surrey.

Duncan scored a respectable eighth-place finish, while Nanaimo and Sidney landed in the number 12 and 13 spots, respectively.

Port Alberni rounded out Vancouver Island's rattiest cities at number 16, beating out comparative population powerhouses Maple Ridge, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam.

Orkin warns that rats and mice are very active this time of year and need only a small hole in an external wall to gain entry to a home or business.

The company offers the following tips to avoid rodent infestations:

  • Close the Gap: Seal any cracks or holes in your foundation with weather-resistant sealant. Install weather stripping around windows and doors, as well as door sweeps.
  • Trim the Trees: Landscaping can be a big-rodent attractant. Keep shrubbery cut back at least one meter from the exterior walls of your home to eliminate any hiding spots for rodents.
  • Cut Off the Water: Eliminate any moisture sources, necessary for pests’ survival, such as clogged gutters or water gathering in trash or recycling bins.
  • Inspect both inside and outside your property for rodent droppings, burrows and rub marks along baseboards and walls. The more quickly rodents are detected, the better.