Rodent Removal: Tacoma, Olympia, Auburn, Kent, Federal Way and Burien
Rodents can be some of the most disturbing pests to find infesting your house. Many times their presence is not realized until a mouse sneaks past your feet as you open the pantry door, or the cable guy has to run some wires through your crawlspace and finds thousands of rodent droppings on the vapor barrier.
Wild Rats and Mice pose serious health threats to people and structures. It is known that rodents can spread Plague, Hantavirus, Salmonella, Rat Bite Fever, Leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease) and Trichinosis. They have also been blamed on many house fires caused by chewing on wiring, or by storing smoldering cigarette butts within their nests.
Add to these factors the noise created by their nesting activity within walls or attics, the awful odors caused by their accumulating urine and decomposing rodent carcasses in the crawlspace, then you will realize why so many people call Rambo Total Pest Control to the rescue at the first sign of an infestation. Many times the contamination becomes so severe that a crawlspace cleanout will be necessary to remove and replace sub-floor insulation, duct wrap insulation, and vapor barrier in your crawlspace.
Rodent Removal Process
Rodent control requires a multi-faceted approach every time. The most important step in a control program is the initial inspection to determine entry points, nest areas, feeding locations, paths of travel and frequented areas. We systematically seal up these entry points to separate the interior population from the exterior population. This forces the rodents into the snap traps that we set in all the necessary locations to capture the current interior population. We also set out exterior grade tamper-resistant bait stations to minimize the exterior population. We then follow up about 5-10 days later to remove the caught rodents, double check the exclusion work and make sure you are not experiencing any further activity.
In most situations we will recommend (but not require) a recurring Rodent prevention program which we can discuss in detail at the time of the initial service.
The Norway Rat (aka: Brown, Sewer, Common, House or Wharf Rat) is one of the largest rodents infesting houses in Western Washington, it can be as long as 18 inches from tail to nose and usually weighs about 1 pound. They tend to spend most of their time near the ground-floor of structures.
Roof Rats (aka: Black, Ship, Tree or Climbing Rat) are known for their ability to walk along power lines from a tree to a house. They are excellent climbers with amazing balance and will find an access point on most houses rather easily.
For any type of rodent, burrowing under foundations or chewing through vent screens are some of the most common paths of entry into a house. Rats love nesting in the insulation of a house in the crawlspace, basement, or attic. Once they find a nest site rats will begin reproducing, and one female rat can produce approximately 35 pups in her one year lifespan. Each of those pups is sexually mature within three months! This can create a very large population in a very short period of time. Feeding preferences of rats closely mirror that of humans and that is why rats will flourish almost anywhere humans can. Unfortunately we provide them with all the food and shelter they need! Rats need little water to survive and even less when moist foods are available. Rats are neophobic by nature and usually avoid new items placed in their environment until the items have been there for a while. That is something we consider when implementing a control strategy.
Many types of mice exist but the most common are the House Mouse and the Deer Mouse. House Mice tend to be more commonly found in urban and suburban developed areas and Deer Mice are more common in the rural areas. Deer Mice are the species most frequently associated with Hantavirus.
As with rats they have versatile feeding preferences and obtain much of their moisture requirements from the food they eat. Some of the differences between Rats and Mice are the facts that Mice are known for their “nibbling” of many different foods and they are naturally curious about new items placed in their environment.
These factors help in determining the most effective control measures. All rodents have poor eyesight and excellent hearing, touching, and smelling senses. We take all these factors into account when developing our control strategy. Call today for a free phone quote.