City crews are working to get rid of a rat problem outside a daycare under Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge.
Albert Shamess , the city’s director of waste management, says a local gardening group had set up a compost pile behind the Beach YMCA daycare, which attracted the rodents.
“So as soon as we were notified yesterday, we sent somebody to clean up the pile, remove all of the material. We’ve got an exterminator down there to try and deal with the rats and we’re going to continue on cleaning up down there.”
He says crews will come in to pave the area, and everything should be back to normal by Friday.
CKNW’s Marcella Bernardo visited the daycare this afternoon when dozens of rats were still scurrying around the compost heap.
One of the parents picking up her son says the pests have been visible almost a week, and the kids haven’t been allowed to play outside.
“Once you get rats, I don’t know how you get rid of them? I saw like 30 or 40 of them within one minute. They’re running everywhere.”
Siobian Smith says her son Maxime was scared, but when he came outside, he was putting on a brave face….
“He was scared this morning standing by the pile. You can ask the kids. They all know about it. They know why they’re being kept in.”
Smith says city staff haven’t returned her calls and she doesn’t think the daycare should be responsible for cleaning up someone else’s mess.