Fall has arrived, which means so have rodents. When the temperatures start to drop and the leaves begin to change color, rats, mice, and squirrels may be looking for a nice warm place to call home. These small rodents not only spread filth and disease, but they can wreak havoc in your home. Keep reading to learn about the dangers of rodents and ways you can help prevent these unwanted visitors.
Common Rodents in the Pacific Northwest
The most common rodent household invaders in the Portland and Vancouver area include:
- Deer mice
- House mice
- Norway rats
- Roof rats
Are Rodents Dangerous?
Rodents will not only contaminate your food and surfaces, but they are known to spread bacteria and diseases including Hantavirus, Salmonellosis, Rat-Bite Fever, and bubonic plague.
Rodents also love to chew. “Why?” Because their teeth never stop growing. They’ll chew anything they come into contact with, including your personal belongings, pipes, and wires. Not only will their destructive habit of chewing cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home, but it can also lead to house fires. In fact, it’s estimated about 25% of house fires with unknown causes are due to rodent damage.
How to Help Prevent Rodents Infestations
Rodents can burrow into your basement, crawl into your garage, or scurry their way into your attic. Remember, these pests can squeeze into the smallest of spaces. So how do you prevent them from getting inside your home? Exclusion!
- Trim back shrubs
- Keep your lawn maintained
- Prune low-hanging tree branches, keeping them away from your roof
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home (including where utilities enter your home)
- Install door sweeps
- Install chimney screens
- Install screens on vents
- Repair damaged window screens
- Eliminate clutter
- Keep your garbage cans sealed
- Get regular rodent inspections
Need Rodent Control?
Rodents are very good when it comes to preparing for cold temperatures. But if you start taking the appropriate measures now, you’ll be one step ahead of them.
If you do end up with a rodent infestation now or later, or want help in your preventive techniques, remember you can always contact Pioneer Pest Management. We specialize in safe and effective rodent control.