Year round rat control protection for residential and commercial customers in the Portland/Vancouver metro area. We use scientific information, not chemicals to create strategies that will fit any budget or lifestyle
Most pests in the Pacific Northwest are seasonaly active and are not active outside of their usual breeding and nesting season. Rats, however, are active year round. While they do tend to be most active in the Spring and Summer, we are most likely to encounter them in the Fall and Winter, when the change in weather forces them to seek out shelter and infiltrate our homes. The two most common rats in the U.S. are the Norway rat, also known as the brown or sewer rat, and the Roof rat, also known as the black rat. The Norway, or brown sewer rat, is extremely adaptive and thrives in human habitats including dense cities. These rats are bulky with coarse brown fur and lighter underbellies. Norway rats are typically found in basements, crawl spaces and sewers but they can also be seen burrowing underground along building foundations, beneath woodpiles and near tree roots where there is lots of moisture.
The Roof rat, or black rat, is generally smaller and sleeker and usually weigh 8 -12 ounces. Unlike Norway rats, their tails are longer than their heads and bodies combined which provides better climbing and balance and their droppings are typically smaller than that of the Norway rat. As their name refers, Roof rats like to nest high above the ground in trees, tall overgrown shrubs or dense vegetation like Ivy. They are more agile than the Norway rat and are often seen along fence lines or running across branches and cable lines. These rats can be found in attics, walls, false ceilings and cabinets.
Signs of Rats
Rats are well known for spreading disease, damaging property and contaminating both human and animal food. If they gain entry into your home or business, they can introduce other unwelcome parasites like fleas, lice and ticks. Acting at the first sign, typically rat droppings, can help to drastically reduce the length of time needed to eliminate the infestation. These rodents are able to breed quickly and a small problem has the potential to develop into a serious issue if left unmanaged.
Things to look out for if you suspect rats:
- Rat droppings range from half an inch to an inch in size
- Scratching sounds in attics, wall and ceilings or scurrying beneath floor boards and decking
- Foot and tail marks along dusty areas that are not often used
- Rips and tears with visible teeth marks or gnawed through wood or wiring
- Nests made from shredded materials in darkened, less visible spaces
- Burrows amongst compost heaps, gardens and sheds
- Cracks in a home foundation from rat infestation
Concerns for Rats
Rats are known for spreading disease and filth. Exposure to rat droppings and urine, contact with infected debris or a dead carcass, breathing in contaminated dust particles of infected rats or being bit by a rat, as well as eating or drinking food and water that is contaminated with rat urine or fecal matter poses extreme risks to your health. Rats act as a pathogen sponge that pick up or absorb bacteria such as strains of E. coli and Salmonella from the environment. Plague, Weils Disease, Salmonellosis, Rat Bite Fever and the Hantavirus are among some of the diseases rats can carry and affect humans through contact.
Leptospirosis can be contracted through direct contact of urine from infected rodents or through water, soil, or food contaminated with their urine. Without treatment, leptospirosis can lead to kidney and liver damage and even death. Along with disease, rats are destructive to homes and buildings because they gnaw on wood and wire which poses risk of electrical fires as well as structural damage.
Rat Control Solutions
We set out to identify the source of any rat infestation so that all rats inside and outside can be eliminated using our 5 step S.M.A.R.T. Process:
Through our S.M.A.R.T. process we determine all entry points, secure them to prevent rats from entering in the future and dispose of all dead rats and contaminated debris. Once we are confident that your home has been safely cleared and secured we customize a plan, tailored specifically to your needs, to prevent any future infestations.
Our process encompasses the biology, anatomy, psychology and social systems of all rodents and wildlife; designed to help you understand the ‘why’ behind your infestation. We specialize in elimination,sanitation, prevention and routine maintenance of your home or office so you can be rest assured your home is protected from future infestations.
Our highly trained professionals don’t just come out to take care of the job. We take pride in providing you with a well rounded understanding of your infestation. We determine why rats are attracted to your home so that we can pass along our knowledge to you; that you may be able to confidently apply preventative measures against future infestation.
Did You Know?
A female rat can reproduce every three weeks or so with a the litter typically containing 6 to 10 pups. These pups become sexually mature when they’re three to four months old, meaning they can begin spawning their own broods.
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