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It can be very disturbing to discover that you have a rodent infestation in your home. Often, you may not even realize it until a mouse streaks past your feet as you open the pantry door, or you begin to notice their telltale droppings around the kitchen.
Wild rats and mice pose serious health threats to both your family and your home. It’s known that they carry diseases like hantavirus, salmonella, leptospirosis, trichinosis, and even plague. Rodents can create havoc in your home, causing house fires in extreme cases by chewing on wiring or even storing smoldering cigarette butts in their nests! Add the noise of their nesting activities within walls and attics along with the awful odor of urine and decomposing carcasses in the crawlspaces of your home.
There are several types of rodents that may invade your home or business in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho. While their sizes may vary, each species is more than capable of causing significant damage or health concerns.
The Northwest’s main types of rodent pests include:
• Deer mice
• House mice
• Norway rats
• Roof rats
The best way to keep rodents from causing problems for your home or business is to prevent them from invading. Seal rodents out by filling any gaps, holes, cracks, or crevices both on the interior and exterior of the building. Additionally, you should repair damaged doors or window screens. An unsealed door or window could easily let in a nibbling invader.
Mice and rats can flatten themselves to squeeze through the smallest of openings. Be sure to caulk any voids you see in the following areas:
• Between floors and walls
• Around doors
• Window screens
The only other thing rodents love as much as a warm place to nest is a steady supply of food and moisture. Make sure you maintain a clean environment by:
• Keeping food and trash sealed away
• Promptly cleaning up spills and crumbs
• Washing and putting away dishes
• Fixing leaky faucets and pipes
Lastly, you can take simple pest control measures such as setting traps near areas that rodents hang out. The most effective, holistic way to keep rodent populations at bay is with a regular pest control program that covers all kinds of invaders.