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Portland Rodent Control and Foreclosures

American Dream, after Grant Wood

Foreclosures are terrible for the families they affect as well as the economy, but rodents love them. Portland rodent control experts report that while the pace of foreclosures in the state has slowed, the rate continues to creep up and provide unintentional living spaces to some of the filthiest pests.

Unwelcome Neighbors

When it comes to rodent control, Portland residents may have to worry about the empty home next door. In 2011, more than 800,000 homes foreclosed across the U.S., and this number is expected to climb by up to 25 percent by the end of 2012. When an empty property and its landscape is uncared for, it becomes an open invitation to pests because it produces new, undisturbed nesting sites and hiding places. A foreclosed home with holes in the walls, crumbs, leaky pipes, toilets and trash provides rodents with shelter, food and water – the essentials for rodent family life.

The danger of a rodent infestation isn’t just the possibility that it will drive home prices further down. The danger lies in the possibility of a neighborhood-wide infestation. After creating a nest and producing offspring, young rodents are likely to venture to nearby homes. Rodents can travel up to a mile in a night, are excellent diggers and can gnaw their way through many materials.

What You Can Do

Aside from calling the local health department  or the bank that owns the foreclosed home, there’s little you can do about a rodent infestation on a property you don’t own. However, to protect your own home, one of the best forms of rodent pest control you can practice is prevention:

  • Keep your landscape well manicured and weeded, your lawn mowed and shrubs pruned.
  • Cut back tree limbs that hang over the home.
  • Eliminate sources of water, such as bird baths and leaky pipes.
  • Use tight-fitting lids on all outdoor trash cans.
  • Seal or repair the holes on the exterior walls of your home, including the roof, that are ¼ inch or larger.
  • Repair or replace broken or torn screens on window and doors.
  • Never leave food (including pet food) out in the open; store food in the refrigerator or in hard, airtight containers. (This applies to the outside of your home, too.)
  • Keep your home clean and vacuum the floors regularly.
  • Encourage your neighbors to practice these rodent pest control techniques, as well.

Rodents can produce up to a dozen offspring every 21 days. If your home requires  rodent pest control, it’s best to let an expert handle the infestation. The Portland rodent control experts at Eden Advanced Pest Technologies offer green pest control practices that effectively control infestations, prevent their return and keep your family safe. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection and estimate.

[ Photo by: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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