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Seattle Rodent Control: Eliminate Pests through Exclusion

Roof rat in Seattle

Seattle rodent control experts state that, like humans, rats and mice prefer to stay cool during the warm summer months. Rodents are more likely to invade homes when there’s a lack of rain and the dwelling presents a water source. Rats and mice are destructive and pose safety hazards to your health, electronics, home, food, furniture, books, walls and other personal belongings. With the help of a pest control company, Seattle residents can prevent or eliminate a rodent infestation by using a method known as exclusion.

Common Seattle Rats and Mice

Roof rat: Roof rats are clever creatures that measure about 7 inches long. They tend to have larger eyes and ears than the Norway rat and are particular about what they eat. Seattle rodent control specialists are aware that roof rats prefer wholesome foods like nuts, fruits and vegetables. However, they will eat meat if no other food options are available. Roof rats prefer to hang out in higher places, so you may find them in trees, in your home’s pipes or walking across wires. These rats tend to leave their droppings near or in their nests.

Norway rat: Not as smart as a roof rat, the Norway rat is about an inch longer and has smaller eyes and ears. This species of rat is messy, will seemingly eat any type of food, and doesn’t like heights. Norway rats prefer to live in crawl spaces and ground burrows and will leave their droppings anywhere they please.

Common mouse: Measuring about 2-3 inches in length, mice generally weigh less than an ounce. Their droppings are smaller than those of a rat. Adult mice can fit through holes the size of a dime, making it simple for them to invade homes that don’t have the exterior sealed.

The Dangers of Mice and Rats

  • They can contaminate large quantities of food.
  • Gnawing on electrical wiring can cause fires.
  • They can transmit diseases via bites, urine or dropping. Such diseases include the Hanta virus, bubonic plague, trichinosis, rat mite dermatitis, leptospirosis, infectious jaundice, salmonellosis, typhus or rat bite fever.
  • The parasites on rodents – fleas, mites, ticks or lice – can also carry transmittable diseases.
  • Rodents’ destructive habits can weaken a home’s structure.

Preventing and Controlling Rodents through Exclusion

One of the best ways to prevent and control a rodent problem is to contact a pest control company. Seattle residents can learn from the experts about the parts of their homes that are vulnerable to an infestation and how to reinforce these areas using exclusion techniques. Such techniques include making sure that all access points into the home are sealed; using locked bait stations; setting traps; removing contaminated items; eliminating food and water sources; and making adjustments to the landscaping.

Eden offers an integrated, customized plan to help prevent and control Seattle rats and mice. With Eden’s free onsite inspection, you can learn more about the exclusion techniques that will work best for your home.

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