Originally Posted by Lady Lilya
yeahwhat, yep. there is really only water in one bend of pipe, so that it keeps sewer smells from coming in.
bri, rats flee a sinking ship, right? is that the only place to be safe from them? can anyone thing of another place? maybe Antarctica?
The province of Alberta (Canada) prides itself on not having rats within its borders. Don't ask me how, given that as far as I know there are rats in the provinces on either side, but a *big* deal is made of this status.
Wiki says: Alberta is the only province in Canada—as well as one of the few places in the world—that is free of Norwegian rats. Since the early 1950s, the government of Alberta has operated a rat-control program, which has been so successful that only isolated instances of wild rat sightings are reported, usually of rats arriving in the province aboard trucks or by rail. In 2006, Alberta Agriculture reports zero findings of wild rats; the only rat interceptions have been domesticated rats that have been seized from their owners. It is illegal for individual Albertans to own or keep Norwegian rats of any description; the animals can be kept in the province by only zoos, universities and colleges, and recognized research institutions. In 2009, several rats were found and captured, in small pockets in Southern Alberta, putting Alberta's rat-free status in jeopardy.
I live in Yukon (Canada) and can only find references to pet rats in the territory. Wiki does say that rats do not live in the antarctic or arctic, but I'm not sure if they mean here or not - I'm about 7 hours south of the arctic circle, and so it's generally officially considered to be 'subarctic'.