The Norway Rat is one of the largest and most common rodents to infest houses in Western Washington.
Roof Rats are climbers and jumpers—similar in ability to a squirrel—and can often be seen walking along power lines or fence tops.
House Mice are most commonly found in urban and suburban developed areas.
Deer Mice look similar to House Mice, but are more common in rural areas.
Rats and Mice pose serious health threats to people and structures. Rodents are well-known carriers of diseases such as Plague, Hantavirus, Salmonella, Rat Bite Fever, Murine Typhus, Leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease) and Trichinosis.
Rodents will cause extensive damage to insulation, vapor barriers, and HVAC systems in your crawlspace or attic. In some cases, they have been the cause of house fires, due to gnawed electrical wiring. Many times, the contamination becomes so severe that a crawlspace cleanout will be necessary to remove contaminated materials from your home.
RODENT CONTROL PROCESS
Our rodent control program is designed to eliminate any current infestation in your home, as well as to prevent any future rodent populations from entering the structure. Rodent control requires a multi-faceted approach every time. The most important step in a control program is the initial inspection, in order to determine entry points, nest areas, feeding locations, and paths of travel.
We will place rodent trapping devices in discreet areas where rodent activity has been identified. We systematically seal up identified entry points to lock out the exterior population, and to drive any remaining rodents inside the structure into our traps.
On the exterior of the building, we place exterior-grade, tamper-resistant bait stations to impact the external population and reduce activity. We will return for a follow up visit 5-10 days later to remove the caught rodents, double check the exclusion work, and make sure you are not experiencing any further activity.
After the initial control has been established, we strongly recommend a recurring preventative service to keep the exterior populations from following existing scent/pheromone trails back to your house. Like people, all rodents are extremely adaptable to their environment, so continual efforts will always be needed.
There are several things you can do to help make your home or office less desirable to rodents. Taking these steps will not always prevent a rodent infestation, but they will make them less likely to occur and much easier to correct when they do happen.
- Proper sanitation: Reduce available food sources through proper garbage maintenance. Secure trash can lids, empty your garbage regularly, immediately remove fallen fruits or vegetables from the yard, and keep all food handling areas of your home clean.
- Prevent clutter: Keep your living spaces free of excessive clutter. Do not allow items to become piled up in your yard or storage areas.
- Control access to food sources. If you own pets, remove any leftover food once they have finished eating. Always keep bird feeders away from your home. Keep food in a secure area.
- Keep foliage off of your home. Keep at least a 1-foot gap between your home and any plants. Do not allow plants or trees to overhang or touch your roofline. Make sure bushes are trimmed; keep them from being overgrown and off of the ground.
- Be vigilant. Have your home inspected for rodent entry points regularly!