10 Steps to Rodent-Proof Your Home

Pest control technician inspecting home. Pioneer Pest Management serving Portland OR and Vancouver WA talks about 10 ways to rodent-proof your home.

Pest control technician inspecting home. Pioneer Pest Management serving Portland OR and Vancouver WA talks about 10 ways to rodent-proof your home.

Having a rodent infestation is no fun. Rodents can spread disease, contaminate food, and damage your home and your belongings. And once you have a rodent infestation, it can be quite difficult to eliminate. So it’s best to prevent an infestation before it happens.

Below are 10 steps you can take to rodent-proof your home and help prevent a rodent infestation. You’ll first want to begin by walking around the perimeter of your home. Take note of any structural deficiencies, scratch marks or gnaw marks.

1.Ensure Entry Points are Properly Sealed

Seal windows and doors, by applying weather stripping to them. Rodents can squeeze underneath your garage door, so ensure the seal is in great shape. To add extra protection, you can apply a rodent guard to the seal. The metal device helps keep rodents from chewing through any weather stripping you have applied to your garage door.

2. Seal Small Gaps & Cracks

Since rodents can enter your home through the smallest of holes, you’ll want to apply silicone-based caulk around spigots, dryer vents, near utility lines, and anywhere there are openings that lead into your home from the outside. And don’t forget chimneys. You can apply a chimney cap to your chimney to help prevent rodents (as well as birds and bats) from entering.

3. Seal Your Crawl Space

If you have a crawlspace, you’ll want to make sure all vent holes are properly covered. This will help prevent rodents from gaining access to your home through the crawlspace. If you notice gnaw marks on vent covers, you may want to replace the covers with new ones.

4. Don’t Feed Birds or Squirrels

Rodents love seeds and if you have a feeder in your yard, it may potentially attract rodents. If you must have a feeder, we recommend you keep it away from your home.

5. Store Dry Food in Airtight Containers

It’s not uncommon for rodents to make their way into sugar, flour or other foods kept in paper bags or cardboard cartons. So keep these dry food products in tightly-sealed containers. If you have pets, transfer and store their dry food into airtight containers.

6. Keep Trash Cans Sealed

Trash cans placed near your home or garage will attract rodents and other wildlife pests including raccoons. Keep tight-fitting lids on trash bins and clean out regularly. Store bins outdoors away from home to deter rodents.

7. Pick Up Fallen Fruit

If you have fruit trees on your property, make sure to pick up any fallen fruit and throw it away. Rodents are known to eat anything, but they especially love fruit!

8. Keep Vegetation Under Control

Don’t allow shrubs, trees, or grass to grow out of control. Rats and mice use vegetation as harborages as they look for entry holes in your home’s foundation or walls. Keep tree branches trimmed back from roofline and keep shrubbery trimmed back away from home.

9. Clean Up Debris

In addition to vegetation, rodents also favor woodpiles, rock piles, straw piles, and abandoned equipment. Clean up any debris on your property, and store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home, stacked at least 2 feet off the ground.

10. Maintain Cleanliness

Water and food scraps are inviting to rodents and other pests. Practice good housekeeping by keeping your counters and floors clean. If you have pets, never leave their uneaten food out, even if they are an outdoor pet.

Professional Rodent Removal

By taking these preventive measures, you can rodent-proof your home in just a few hours. If you’ve tried these steps or you already have a rodent infestation, you’ll want to seek the advice of a qualified pest management company. They have the skills and tools to properly remove a rodent issue for good.

Mouse Trap 101: Avoid These Mistakes

Mouse next to mouse trap and cheese. Pioneer Pest Management mentions 10 tips to setting a mouse trap in Portland OR and Vancouver WA.Oh no, you’ve spotted a mouse in your home! Not only can they cause damage to your home and belongings but mice also spread disease and filth. Mouse traps are an affordable and effective way to take care of mice issues. Spring-loaded mouse traps are timeless and have been used for centuries. However, there are also several other mouse traps available today including catch-and-release, electronic, and glue traps — each of which has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. In this blog post, we’ll be focusing on how to properly set a spring-loaded mouse trap.

1. Not Setting the Trap in the Right Location

Mice have poor vision. They use their body hair and whiskers to help them navigate while they run along walls. Avoid placing a mouse trap in the middle of the floor. Set your trap flush against a wall, that way a mouse will run right into it rather than past it.

2. Not Wearing Gloves while Setting the Mouse Trap

Mice have a keen sense of smell, so if they smell humans on the trap, they’ll avoid it. We recommend to always wear gloves when setting or removing a mouse trap.

3. Not Using the Right Mouse Bait

While most of us think cheese is the best bait to attract mice, peanut butter is much more alluring to rodents. Other foods that may attract mice include marshmallows, beef jerky, and gumdrops. Apply a small amount of bait to the trap so that it can’t be reached unless the mouse steps on the trap.

4. Using Too Few Mouse Traps

You’ll have a better chance of catching a mouse if you use more than one mouse trap. We recommend that you set mouse traps two to three feet apart from each other.

5. Not Checking your Mouse Traps

Using mouse traps requires diligence. Mice can sometimes snag bait without setting off the trap and they can also set it off without getting caught in the mouse trap. Regularly check mouse traps to ensure they are loaded and have fresh bait in them.

6. Expecting Instant Results

Using mouse traps will not take care of your rodent infestation overnight. Mice are careful of new objects they encounter. You may even want to set out unactivated traps for a few days prior, just so they become acclimated to the device. Mice are prolific breeders, so it generally takes time to eradicate an infestation.

How to Set a Mouse Trap

Below are the three steps to effectively set a mouse trap.

  • While wearing gloves, add bait to the mouse trap.
  • Set your mouse trap out with the bait facing a wall and activate the trap spring.
  • Don’t forget to regularly check your mouse traps!

Professional Rodent Removal

If you have a mouse problem and feel squeamish about setting a mouse trap or have children and pets in your home, contact Pioneer Pest Management. We’ll work with you to determine the best way to eliminate your mouse problem and help prevent it from coming back in the future!

6 Home Remedies That Repel Rodents

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6 Home Remedies to Repel Rodents

If you’ve ever dealt with rats or mice in your home, you know how unnerving it can be. Rodents may be a common pest all year long, but did you know infestations spike during the fall? Fortunately, there are home remedies that repel rodents naturally. Here are 6 home remedies to repel rodents:

Plants

Plants like lavender, elderberry, daffodils, and any type of mint plants are known to repel mice. You could plant some around your home or keep them in pots inside your home. Bay leaves and Oak leaves have also been known to deter rodents. You can leave some around your home or put some in sachets and leave them in closets and drawers. This method not only makes your home look and smell nice, but it can help deter rodents.

Ammonia and Vinegar Spray

Another natural rat and mouse repellent is ammonia. These rodents hate the smell of ammonia because it’s similar to a predator’s urine. Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup ammonia and 1 cup vinegar, then mix it. Spray it where you often see rodent activity. Alternatively, you could spray or dip cotton balls with the solution and leave it in these areas, they’ll just need to be replaced after two weeks.

Essential Oils

This method not only helps deter rodents but it also makes your home smell nice in the process. Essential oils that may be helpful in repelling rats and mice include peppermint oil, lemon oil, citronella oil, and eucalyptus oil. You can make an essential oil spray by mixing 2 teaspoons of oil with 1 cup of water or rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Then spray it anywhere you see traces of rodents. Like the ammonia spray, you can also use cotton balls. If you choose the spray method, you’ll want to reapply in about a week and if you use cotton balls, replace them after two weeks.

Fill in Holes and Use Barricades

If you notice cracks or holes that a mouse or rat may use to gain access into your home, fill them in with caulk. You can also fill in larger gaps with a mix of caulk and steel wool. Steel wool is a harder material to chew through for these rodents.

Rat and Mouse Traps

If you aren’t seeing success with your natural rodent repellants, you may need to resort to mouse and rat traps. There are traditional snap traps, glue traps, and the more humane option, catch-and-release traps. You’ll want to first identify which type of rodent you’re dealing as a mousetrap is too small for a rat.

If you are dealing with a much bigger rodent infestation, it may be time to call in the experts. Pioneer Pest Management has been providing pest control services to the Portland metro area since 2001 and we provide pest control solutions for all types of pests. So contact us today for fast, effective, and affordable pest control services.

Rodent Season is Coming: 10 Tips to Keep Rodents Away This Winter

Pioneer Pest offers tips homeowners can use to keep rodents away this winter.

We know it’s early to start preparing for fall, but when it comes to rodents, now is a perfect time. Because as soon as the temperature drops, rodents like mice, roof rats, and Norway rats will start getting ready to hunker down for winter.

When looking for a place to live, rodents will look for access to nest-building materials, a dependable food source, and somewhere that’s warm and safe. Unfortunately, this can sometimes include our homes. So what can you do to prevent an infestation? Here are 10 tips you can do now to keep rodents away this winter.

  1. Seal exterior doors: repair any damaged doors and install door sweeps to the bottom. Roof rats, Norway rats, and mice can squeeze easily into small spaces like these. Keep in mind your garage doors too.
  2. Add screens to vents and chimneys: installing mesh to these areas will prevent them from gaining access to the inside of your home. Always verify your local building code requirements before installing screening over any vent or chimney. Not only can rodents squeeze into small spaces, but they can also scale siding and chimneys.
  3. Seal potential entry points: you can use caulk/spray foam and steel wool to seal holes rodents may use, but many times they will chew right through it. Sealing entry points should be done using proper materials such as metal flashing or rodent excluder in conjunction with caulking or spray foam.
  4. Seal basement and windows: replace any old weather stripping or mortar around your basement foundation, windows, and window sills.
  5. Seal pipes: fix, cap or replace any broken sewer, drain or exhaust pipes you have. Rodents may use these pipes to get inside your home. Rats are great swimmers too.
  6. Properly store food and maintain cleanliness: leaving food out can cause a serious infestation. Store food in airtight containers and regularly throw out your garbage.
  7. Ventilate: keep the crawlspaces, basements, and attics of your home dry and well ventilated.
  8. Move firewood: if you have stored firewood, keep the pile at least 20 feet away from your home. Even better if you can keep the wood elevated.
  9. Inspect vehicles: regularly check under the hood of your vehicles and look for signs a rodent has been there. Things like gnawed wires, rodent nests, and rat or mouse droppings — which are typically dark in color and shaped similar to a piece of rice.
  10. Inspect Items: Another thing you may want to inspect are packages, bags, and anything else you are bringing into your home, especially if they’ve been outside for quite some time.

Experts in Rodent Removal

If you’ve tried these tips and are still not seeing success. It may be time to contact a professional. At Pioneer Pest Management, our expert certified technicians will identify entry points and seal them off, keeping those rodents out for good. So contact Pioneer Pest Management today for your rodent removal.

Are Your Fruit Trees Attracting Rodents?

Pioneer Pest Management reveals ways to keep roof rats and Norway rats from fruit trees.

It’s no secret rodents, like mice and rats, will eat anything. But they love fruit! They are drawn to the smell and sweetness of fruit which is why fruit trees act as magnets to these small creatures. This article will further discuss how to keep rodents away from your fruit trees, further preventing an infestation on your property.

Keeping Roof Rats Away from Fruit Trees

Below are a few actions homeowners can take to help prevent roof rats, Norway rats, and mice from destroying fruit trees and invading your yard. and invading your yard.

Regular Pruning and Trimming

Low-hanging branches that partially cover the base of the tree give rodents easy access to your trees, while inadvertently covering them. Trim these drooping branches so they aren’t touching the ground. This will deter Norway rats from approaching your trees.

Pick Fallen Fruit Immediately

When rats and mice are looking for a home, they look for nest-building materials, and food. Trees and fruit provide just that. And if you have ripened fruit littered across your property, rodents will not only be attracted to it, they’ll return for more. So keep an eye on your fruit trees and pick up all fallen fruit immediately. It’s also important to note, if the fruit is thrown in the trash, make sure the trash container is sealed shut so rodents don’t then target your trash.

Strategically Space the Trees

Roof rats will scurry along branches that touch together, allowing them to run from tree to tree. If you haven’t planted your trees yet, keep enough space between them. In fact, depending on the type, fruit trees need about 15 to 30 feet between them. If your trees are already planted, you may consider uprooting one and relocating it. Keep in mind not to plant trees too close to your home, this will give roof rats access to it.

Rat Guards on the Trunks

Rats are highly-skilled climbers. They’re known to scale gutters and siding among other fixtures. Adding a rat guard at the base of your trees will keep them from climbing them. This consists of using sturdy plastic or sheets of metal wrapped around the trunk of your fruit trees.

Rodent Control for Your Property

If you’ve tried these methods or you suspect you have a rodent infestation, you may want to consider calling a professional. At Pioneer Pest Management, our highly-skilled exterminators will eliminate your rodent infestation for good. So contact us today!

Noises in the Attic – What’s Causing Those Scratching Sounds?

Pest proofing the attic - Pioneer Pest ManagementAny homeowner dreads hearing noises coming from their attic. If you are hearing scratching or scampering sounds overhead, you might have some guests taking up residence right above you. Attic spaces are ideal environments for rodents, who can cause a lot of damage through their gnawing and burrowing habits. It’s important to call a professional who can assess the situation for you before the infestation becomes worse and help with pest proofing your home. At Pioneer Pest Management, we can professionally and safely eliminate any pests living in and damaging your attic. Read on to learn more how to look for the signs of pests in the attic.

How do Rodents Get in the Attic?

While there are a number of pests that may access your attic, scratching sounds almost always indicate rodents such as roof rats. Although rats prefer to live in trees, they can easily move from the trees in your yard to your roof and eventually into your home for food and shelter reasons. Because they are resourceful creatures that can squeeze through the tiniest of spaces or even gnaw their way through, rats and mice can easily enter an attic. Once inside, they can quickly wreak havoc by chewing through wires that cause a fire hazard, leaving behind unhealthy droppings, and nesting in materials in the attic.

Signs of Attic Pest Infestations

Because you may not have easy access to your attic, it’s important to stay vigilant in checking for signs of pests or rodents in your home.

  • Scratching noises: This is the biggest indicator of rodents in your attic. Running, gnawing, and crawling noises can also be heard in the attic or even in the walls of your home.
  • Nighttime activity: If the noises you are hearing come at night, it is again very likely you have rodents inside the home.
  • Strange smells: If you smell droppings or excrement prior to inspecting the attic, you may need to look for other signs of pests in the attic.
  • Nests and droppings: Upon inspecting the attic, noticing nests made of leaves, sticks, and paper indicate rodents. The bigger the droppings in the space, the bigger the pest.
  • Insulation issues: Pests, rodents especially, love ripping into the insulation of your home, typically that surrounding your HVAC system. Holes in your ductwork signal pests making their way through the attic into the walls of the home.

Professional Pest Proofing Services

If you hear or notice any of the aforementioned signs of pests in the attic, it’s time to call Pioneer Pest Management. Rodents are destructive and can be dangerous, and an infestation should always be taken care of by a professional. Our removal experts will eradicate rodents quickly to keep your family and home safe. From there, we will help apply prevention methods to keep them out of your attic for good. Call us today to learn more about our pest-proofing methods!

5 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Mice This Winter

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As temperatures drop through the fall and winter, animals and insects everywhere are looking for one thing: shelter! The worst culprits in the Pacific NW seem to be rodents, specifically mice and rats. Even if you think that all the holes in your exterior walls are sealed, mice can get through the space of a dime! Mice and rats can cause extensive damage, spread disease, and can even cause fires–so it’s important to get rid of rodents the minute you find them.

Natural Remedies Can Be Useful to Get Rid of Mice

Let’s be clear: natural remedies are not going to get rid of mice overnight, nor are they going to get rid of large populations of mice. DIY pest control also doesn’t go very far when it comes to treating a full-blown infestation, and we will always recommend a professional inspection if you have a pest problem.

There are a few techniques that can help to get rid of mice this winter–especially when used in conjunction with exclusionary methods. “Exclusion” pest control is simple: block pests from getting inside!

Our Top 5 Ways to Repel Mice

You may be able to prevent mice with these methods:

  1. Peppermint Oil:
    • A lot of pests hate peppermint, and mice agree!
    • Roll or spray peppermint oil along baseboards or points of entry.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar:
    • Dilute with water, and then spray around the exterior of your home. You can also spray inside around entry points.
    • Be sure to apply once a month!
  3. Fabric Softener Sheets:
    • A hotly debated topic, some people swear by them, and other people insist that mice just end up making nests out of them.
    • There’s nothing to lose by trying them out–as long as it’s not your only type of mouse repellent.
    • Using dryer sheets alone is very unlikely to be effective.
  4. Used Kitty Litter:
    • While not the most appealing remedy, used kitty litter can warn mice off.
    • Placement is key–for the mice and for you! Place in discrete locations around rodent entry points.
  5. Steel Wool:
    • Now we’re talking! This is our favorite method of all, and the most reliable.
    • Mice and rodents aren’t able to chew through the the tough material. Simply stick steel wool in any crevices or holes in your home, using a strong wood and metal adhesive to keep it in place.

If you’re going to invest time and energy into a home remedy to get rid of mice, invest in steel wool first! It accomplishes our main goal, which is to exclude and prevent mice in the first place.

Regular Mice Inspections Can Prevent Infestations

Every homeowner should take the following steps to prevent a mice infestation:

  • Inspect your home to look for signs of mice.
  • Find possible entry points and seal or close them off.
  • Keep food sealed and securely stored; never leave it out.
  • Keep inside and outside areas tidy and free of exposed garbage.
  • Make sure any foliage is at least three feet away from the foundation of your home.
  • During the colder months, keep birdseed to a minimum–especially close to the home!

We recommend inspecting once a month, but at the first sign of trouble–start controlling! If you see a mouse, you are almost guaranteed to have more living in your home. Call Pioneer Pest at any time, for more tips or a professional treatment!

8 Pest Proofing Tips for your home this winter

How to Pest Proof Your Home

As the weather gets colder here in the Portland and Vancouver areas, people will want to spend more time indoors, and unfortunately so will common pests and rodents. Insects such as cockroaches, spiders, and beetles, and rodents like mice, rats, and squirrels will seek shelter to survive the winter, and there’s nothing more inviting than a warm cozy home.

Insects and rodents alike can introduce diseases and bacteria into your home, and can also cause a lot of damage. Understanding how to keep these pests out of your home is the first step to ensuring a comfortable, pest free winter.

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Below are eight pest proofing tips to make sure the bugs and rodents stay out of your home this winter.

  1. Make sure needed ventilation points are screened up on the exterior of your home. Attic vents, foundation vents, roof soffits and other exterior entry points should be inspected to make sure they’re in good condition.
  2. Keep your homes crawl space and garage dry. Insects and rodents are attracted to places they know they can get water. Keeping these areas dry, and free from excessive humidity. This will to help not attract these unwanted pests.
  3. Seal up any cracks in siding, stucco, and piping. Using exterior grade silicon is a quick solution to stopping entry. Silicon will prevent insect entry but rodents will chew through it.
  4. Keep food preparation and storage areas clean and tidy. Leaving food and crumbs out is an invitation to pests like cockroaches, ants, and rodents. Keeping dry foods stored in airtight containers is also recommended.
  5. Inspect your homes windows and doors. Weather stripping, damaged window frames, and doors that don’t close correctly are all easy entry points to your home. Replace or repair window screens for an added level of protection.
  6. Keep landscaping and plants away from your home. Keeping trees, bushes and plants trimmed so they don’t touch your home is an easy and effective way to keep pests away. Trim tree branches back away from your roof. Don’t make it easy for rodents to access your roof.
  7. Don’t let pests hitch a ride into your home. Bringing in the holiday decorations from the garage or storage shed? Make sure pests don’t hitch a ride in on these boxes, just one spider can spawn hundreds of babies.
  8. Don’t leave pet food outside, and keep bird feeders away from your home. Rodents love any food, so leaving these items outside is an open invitation to a never ending buffet.

The above are a few ways you can protect your home from winter pests moving in. A little work will help to keep the bugs and rodents out, and your family comfortable.

Home Vapor Barriers – How to tell if it needs to be replaced

How important is it to replace your vapor barrier once it’s been damaged?

Unfortunately it happens, vapor barriers in homes across Portland and Vancouver get damaged from a whole host of reasons. Wildlife infestations, like Raccoons and Opossums, rodent activity like rats and mice, and even flooded crawlspaces can leave a homeowner wondering how important their homes vapor barrier is, and if it needs to be replaced once one of the above has happened.

Your homes vapor barrier

First, understanding what the purpose of your homes vapor barrier is can be helpful. Your homes vapor barrier is generally a thick plastic sheeting that is placed in your homes crawlspace. In Oregon and Washington, in order for this plastic sheeting to be code, it should be black, and no less than 6mm thick. This sheeting is placed initially when the home is constructed, and covers the entire ground from the foundation walls, to the center leaving no exposed ground. Many times in older homes, there is no vapor barrier as it wasn’t required until recent years.

The purpose of your homes vapor barrier

The purpose of a home’s vapor barrier is pretty simple, it controls the humidity in your homes crawlspace by placing a barrier between the ground, and your home. The plastic sheeting acts as a barrier between what could be moist dirt and the air in the crawlspace. Here in the damp Pacific Northwest, vapor barriers will also keep moisture in the air from penetrating the soil as well, again controlling the relative humidity of your homes crawlspace.

In order for a vapor barrier to work properly, all ground must be covered, and it is generally recommended that seams are overlapped and secured together using a construction grade tape, or sealing system. It is also recommended by most crawlspace professionals that the plastic sheeting should be run up the foundation walls to provide additional protection.

Why your homes vapor barrier is important

Vapor barriers are important, especially here in the Pacific Northwest because it’s important to control the relative humidity in your homes crawlspace. A home that has too much humidity in the crawlspace will often develop musty smells coming from the crawlspace, which can be transmitted through the homes heating and cooling system. Too much moisture in the crawlspace can also create structural, insulation, and mold problems.

When it’s time to replace a home’s vapor barrier

Typically a home’s vapor barrier should last for many years, but there are times when circumstances warrant the vapor barrier being replaced. If your home has encountered any of the below issues, it can be wise to have a crawlspace professional inspect your vapor barrier to ensure it’s protecting your home the way it should.

  • You experience a water problem in your crawlspace. Water issues in crawlspaces are pretty normal here in the Portland and Vancouver area. If your crawlspace has water, and/or drainage issues, these need to be fixed as standing water creates a moisture rich environment that can wreak havoc on your home. If you have water issues in your crawlspace, the source of the water must be identified and fixed before the vapor barrier is replaced.
  • Wildlife and/or rodent issues in your homes crawlspace. If you are, or have experienced rodent issues in your homes crawlspace, it’s advisable to have a crawlspace professional inspect your home. Wildlife and rodents will not only tear the underside of your home up, they will also leave droppings and other contaminates behind. Finding and sealing the entrance sources for these critters, as well as ensuring they’ve all been evicted before cleaning up the mess they’ve left behind is important to keeping your crawlspaces air clean, which is where by some estimates 70% of a homes breathable air comes from.
  • Vapor barrier that is beyond repair, or not up to code. This can been seen many times, especially on older homes. Often over the years, with different contractors (cable, alarm systems, etc.) crawling around under your home, vapor barriers can become damaged. There are also times when past wildlife issues, or water issues were taken care of, but fixing the vapor barrier was not. Sometimes these issues can be solved by conducting simple repairs, other times the size and scope of the damage may necessitate the replacement of the entire vapor barrier. An experienced crawlspace contractor can help you determine the best course of action to get your homes crawlspace back in order.

The value of keeping your homes crawlspace healthy

Aside from what we’ve covered above, keeping your crawlspace humidity in relative proportion to outside humidity is important for the overall health of your home for years to come. Crawlspaces that are damp or wet attract all kinds of issues.

  • On the pest side of things, damp and wet crawlspaces are a haven for pests like moisture ants, and dampwood termites.
  • Structurally wet and damp crawlspaces can cause wood to rot, and home insulation to become saturated, which then loses its ability to insulate your home.
  • The health of your family can also be put at risk as damp and wet crawlspaces are a haven for mold spores that are easily transferred throughout your home via the heating and cooling ducting.

Rats and Mice Move Indoors in the Winter

When the Temp Goes Down…

Rats and Mice Move in

Every winter we field many phone calls about rats and mice invading properties through the season in the Portland, Vancouver, Camas, Gresham, and Beaverton areas. People want to know why rats and mice and invading their garages, walls, and crawlspaces. The answer is rather simple- rats and mice tend to infest homes in the winter in order to escape the harsh Pacific Northwest weather. When rodents find a vulnerable home, they will take advantage and begin nesting to survive comfortably.

Consequences of a Rat and Mice Infestation

Unfortunately, rats and mice can and often do, cause significant structural and property damage. These little critters are capable of costing you thousands of dollars in repairs, in a short amount of time. Furthermore, if your business encounters a rat infestation, it could easily result in the closing of the business as people will not frequent a place known for rodent sightings. Even more troublesome, is that rice and mice tend to attract other pests as well. Additionally, rodents breed and multiply at a fast rate exemplifying the problem at a brisk pace. To top it all off, rodents also carry various diseases which you can become vulnerable to through droppings and urine.

Preventing Rat and Mice Infestations

Preventing rats and mice in your house or business always begins with a clean property and secured entries. Making sure your property is not vulnerable to rodent infestations is the key in prevention. Always ensure there is no food left out, spills are always cleaned up, and garbage container are maintained and secured so that food is never easily accessible to rats or mice looking for a new home. Stored food should also always be secured in airtight containers and pet food areas should be carefully maintained as well.

The prevention of rats and mice in your crawlspaces, walls and attics also includes making sure that all entry ways are completely sealed and secured. Sealing entry points means plugging up any holes/cracks in doors/vents or other areas that rats or mice could potentially infiltrate. You should routinely inspect entry ways to ensure they are sealed throughout the year.

Rodent Infestation Signs

Often times, people realize they have a rat or mice problem when they notice one scurrying across the floors within their properties or encounter their feces or urine. Usually, rodents can be found running on the edges of surfaces. Their droppings can frequently be found in cabinetry throughout the property. It is also common to notice chewed up walls, furniture and clothing as a result of a rodent infestation too. Other signs of a rodent infestation include finding their nesting area and hearing them running in the walls in the evening.

Rat and Mice Extermination

The best way to resolve your rodent infestation is to call a licensed pest control professional. Any reputable pest professional will guarantee the service and offer a warranty against reentry. Pest control professionals will know the fastest and most efficient way to rid you of your rat and mice infestation and can help with cleaning up potentially contaminated rodent droppings.

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