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.