What Does “Rat Free” Alberta Actually Mean?

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To celebrate 2020 being the Chinese year of the rat, we will be posting one blog per month dedicated to rats! Here is March’s blog post, ‘What Does “Rat Free” Alberta Actually Mean’. There is a long-standing Wikipedia war that went viral on social media not too long ago. It featured the Province of Alberta … Read more What Does “Rat Free” Alberta Actually Mean?

Pest Spotlight: Rats

Norway Rat

Scientific Name: rattus Common Names:  Sewer Rat, Roof Rat, Brown Rat, Norway Rat, Black Rat Color: Colors vary, generally grey, brown, or black in color Size: The length and weight of rats depend on which species we are talking about and young vs adult sizes. Sizes range from approximately 10 to 40 cm in length. … Read more Pest Spotlight: Rats

Alberta’s Rat Free Status Still Strong

Poulin team with huge rat pile - Alberta 1952

On January 22, 1955, the Winnipeg Free Press published an article called ‘The Man Who Killed 10 Million Rats’. The man in which the story referred to was none other than Napoleon Louis Poulin, the founder of Poulin’s Pest Control. “He earned that distinctive title in the early 1950’s when he led a small number … Read more Alberta’s Rat Free Status Still Strong

Evolution of Poulin’s Pest Control

A St. Jean, Manitoba hotel keeper once refused to let his son have a dog. Like most boys, he found a way around the problem by keeping a small puppy hidden away in a grain shed. One morning when he went out for his usual visit, he found his tiny pet had been killed by … Read more Evolution of Poulin’s Pest Control