There has been quite a buzz around the Sprague Pest Solutions offices about rodents and for good reason. Rodents have been in the news lately here in the Puget Sound and boy could they use a good image consultant!

You may have seen Sprague pest expert Shane Hartnett on the local news discussing how the Highway 99 tunnel project has stirred up rodent and pest activity in and around the waterfront and adjacent downtown area.

The rodents – who are neophobic (the fear of new objects) and prodigious reproducers (eight to 12 pups per litter with multiple litters per year) – aren’t keen on construction crews digging and pounding in and around their long-established burrows and forcing them to look elsewhere for quieter digs.

As a result, these creatures of habit (research has shown Norway rats explore their 100 to 300 foot territory on a daily basis) are breaking from the norm and expanding their turf by frequenting nearby office buildings, restaurants, retail establishments and warehouses in search of food, water and shelter.

As the saying goes, it is wise to keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. That is why Sprague has enlisted the service of Sven – a Norway rat with a penchant for blogging (who knew there was wireless connectivity in Seattle’s underground?). Follow Sven @Ratpocalypse and read what he has to say about him and his mates displacement issues.

Sven’s only goal is to find his next meal and a place to burrow up for the night, and our goal at Sprague is to deny him and his friends of this pleasure. Our rodent management experts suggest building owners, property managers and maintenance staff follow these recommendations to prevent rats and mice from gaining access to your operation:

  • Patch openings in exterior walls larger than 1/4 inch using gnaw-proof materials, such as steel sheeting, 1⁄4 inch hardware cloth, and galvanized steel and concrete. Holes may be plugged with steel wool or copper mesh prior to patching.

  • Seal gaps under siding at the top of the foundation.

  • Seal openings around pipes and conduits where rodents pass through exterior walls.

  • Close outside doors tightly when not in use.

  • Install tight-fitting weather stripping on the bottom of all pedestrian doors and overhead doors.

  • Cover all air vents with 1/4-inch hardware cloth and make sure dryer vent “flaps” are working properly.

  • Eliminate excess debris and garbage in and around structures and deny rodents an easy place to eat and hide.

  • Eliminate water sources such as standing water, and leaking pipes and faucets.

Sprague is always available to answer your rodent and pest questions. Feel free to send us an e-mail at info@spraguepest.com with your comments or questions. We’ll be happy to get back with you with an answer.

Until we chat again, remember Sprague is your solution for pests.

The Sprague Pest Experts