Why Is the Rodent Population Growing in BC?

December 26th, 2022
Why Is the Rodent Population Growing in BC?

In case you did not know, the rodent population is growing in British Columbia, and many homeowners are annoyed and frustrated about it. In today’s blog, we are going to discuss several reasons why the rodent population is growing. 

Backyard Gardens 

One reason why the rodent population is growing is the explosion of new gardeners and new backyard vegetable gardens since COVID-19. When everyone had to shelter in place, a lot of individuals decided to have a vegetable garden. Vegetable gardens are a veritable buffet for rodents. From tender seedlings to juicy vegetables, these backyard additions are a magnet for rodents and significantly support rodent populations. 


The increase in people having backyard chickens is another attraction for rodents. In order to feed your chickens, you are giving them some kind of chicken feed, often tossed on the ground, which rodents would be happy to eat. So, you are feeding and watering more than your chickens. The chicken coop is also a warm and toasty place for rodents to hang out. 

Green Initiative 

Many of the things that we do to be more “green” are attractive to rodents. Having denser plantings outside offer cover and shelter and food for rodents. Having bird feeders offers a food source. Creating compost piles and carelessly tossing some occasional meat in there, will attract them. In addition, the bad habits of one particular house on a street can create problems for everyone on the street.

Rodents are a major problem. If you are having problems with mice or rats on the Lower Mainland, give us a call in Vancouver at (800) 439-8938 and let us help. We can help you get the problem under control.

Gilpin’s Pest Control is a family-owned business operating on the Lower Mainland in Greater Vancouver and the BC Interior including Kamloops, Revelstoke, and Sicamous. After 35 years in the business, we do a stellar job and are proud of our rapid response time. 

If you have any questions about this article or you would like to talk to us about pest control needs, please call us toll-free at (800) 770-2428.