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Seattle Rodent Control: Keeping Rats out of Your Home & Business

Rats by celesteh, on Flickr.comIf you’ve spent a significant amount of time in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, particularly in the city’s historic cellars, you may have noticed one of the its more unflattering problems—rats. While rat infestations are common in big cities, Seattle home, business and restaurant owners are seeing more than their fair share as they exhaust their traditional rodent control methods. Seattle pest control experts explain that the likely cause is the tunnel digging that’s part of the Viaduct replacement project.

Seattle Rodent Control Efforts

In addition to setting out traps as part of their rodent pest control efforts, the affected Seattle homes and businesses regularly patch cracks on the exterior walls of the property so the rats prevent the rodents from squeezing their way inside.

While the city knows that its downtown residents have spent thousands of dollars on rodent pest control, it doesn’t fully understand the scope of the cellar rat infestation because it hasn’t tracked it. In an effort to help get a handle on the situation, particularly because it will drill a secondary hole to fix broken machinery, Seattle Tunnel Partners is working with a Seattle rodent control company.

Rodent Pest Control Tips

The simplest way to control a rodent infestation is to prevent one. Whether you live in the city or have a business there, rodent prevention is a year-round effort that you should regularly practice.

  • Seal entry points: Inspect interior and exterior walls and seal any cracks that you find, even if they look small. Similarly, repair or replace broken window and door screens.
  • Landscape: While you may not have more than a patch of grass as a yard, keep the lawn short and weeded. If there are trees around your building, cut back tree branches that overhang the roof or balconies. Keep in mind that if you don’t own the building or trees, you may need to ask the property owner or the city to complete these tasks.
  • Eliminate food sources: Garbage and crumbs attract pests. Avoid leaving food and garbage in and around your building. Always replace the lid on your outside garbage, recycle and compost bins. If possible, keep the receptacles in an area away from the property. In addition, store food in glass, metal or hard plastic containers with lids. If you participate in the city’s composting program, store food scraps in the refrigerator or freezer until you deposit the in the compost bin outside.
  • Home and building maintenance: Keep your home or business clean and clutter-free. Vacuum regularly and wash the dishes shortly after every meal. Avoid leaving piles of paper around the property. Store seasonal items (e.g., clothing) in plastic storage bins with lids, not cardboard boxes.

In addition to carrying diseases, rats can ruin a business’ reputation and a customer’s comfort. If you know or suspect that you have a rat problem, contact a Seattle pest control company like Eden. Eden uses green techniques to control pests that are more effective and safer than baits and harsh chemicals.

Call Eden today to schedule a free inspection.

[ Photo by: celesteh, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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