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Some Lake Country residents dealing with mouse problem

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August 24, 2017 - 8:00 PM

KELOWNA - A Lake Country resident says she has caught more mice this year than the past six or seven years combined.

Tonya Edwards says in the past two months she has caught over 20 mice.

“I kind of feel like a murderer, I’m picking up dead bodies in my yard and my house everyday,” she says. “I’ve got three cats and a dog who also kills mice and they can’t even keep up.”

The Newene Road resident says although there is a lot of bush around her property, she lives close to town and this many mice is not normal.

“There’s been years where I don’t even see one mouse, now I can hear them in the ceiling in my bedroom,” Edwards says. “I can’t battle all the mice myself.”

According to Michael Hewitson, the manager of the ACE Hardware store in Lake Country, pests in general are bad this year.

“It isn’t just mice,” Hewitson says. “It’s ants, wasps, even rats. We have a lot of customers coming in purchasing pest control products. “

But Andy Willmott, the owner of Lake Country Pest Control, says this year isn’t different from any other year.

“In my nine years of experience, I don't find it to be any more than usual to be honest,” Willmott says. “I mean, there is a fair bit of activity now, but that’s normal coming into fall.”

It also depends on where you live, Willmott he says.

“If you live where there was a fire or flooding, animals are going to be displaced, or even if you live near construction,” Willmott says. “It’s important to keep your doors closed in the evening time to limit what can get into your house.”

For Edwards, she says the District of Lake Country should be stepping in to help.

“I can’t afford an exterminator, but I need help - we have a problem,” she says. “I’m very frustrated with the mice this year, why can’t they just stay outside?”

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