January

27

2012

 
rat prevention tips from sprague pest solutions

Evict the rats from your home; call Sprague Pest Solutions today!

The pitter patter of rodents running around your walls is very unsettling. Especially during the cold, winter months, these critters are looking for a warm place to hang out which leaves your home a likely target. Not only do rodents invoke jumpiness among most of us, they can destroy structures in your home and spread diseases. Mice, rats and other rodents are simply not good company to have in your Portland or Seattle home. Thankfully, there are many ways in which you can prevent these pests from getting into your home, and if you already have a problem, the pest control pros can help.

Common rodents to the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions are the House mouse, Norway rat, and Roof rat. Each of these critters poses threats to our home and our health upon their arrival. Mice are known carriers of the potentially fatal respiratory disease, Hantavirus. This disease, along with others, is spread through the contact with mice and through their feces and urine. Another harmful disease rodents may spread is Salmonella, which is a major problem in both residential and commercial kitchens. The germs and bacteria that rodents spread are generally from them coming into contact with contaminated things such as your trash or things picked up from the outside.

Another issue with an infestation of rodents in your home is structural damage. To keep their front teeth filed down, rodents must chew on things such as wood, metal or really anything they can get their teeth on in your home. This leaves things like furniture, walls, and even electrical wires subject to rodents chewing habits. Not only can it be costly to clean up after rodent destruction, but there is a major fire hazard in the case of electrical wires. In other words, you need to do everything you can to keep rodents out of your living space.

In order to prevent rodents from spreading disease and destroying structures in your home, you want to keep a routine pest control service going through the year and take preventative measures. The easiest way for a rodent to get into your home is through an opening on the exterior. It only takes a hole the size of a dime for a mouse to crawl through and about the size of a quarter for rat. If your foundation, siding, or roof has any openings, you can expect that rodents in search of food and warmth will find their way inside. It’s a good idea to check the outside of your home and inspect very carefully for any small cracks or holes and then have them properly sealed. The next step is eliminating any food sources for rodents which are mainly in your kitchen. A few tips for a rodent free kitchen are:

  • Keep all surfaces cleaned and sanitized

  • Regularly take out the trash

  • Wipe up any spills or crumbs immediately

  • Store open food in containers with tight fitting lids

By following these prevention tips and maintaining your routine pest control services, you should be free from any rodents causing trouble in your home. But if you do find yourself hearing the pitter patter of rodent feet in the night, contact the experts in pest control at Sprague Pest Solutions who have a specialized rodent control program to get rid of these pests and prevent them from causing any further damage. If you live in Portland, Seattle or in Sprague’s other service areas, contact us today and rest easy without the sound of rodents running through your walls.