There are ways to get rid of the mice and rats yourself, but there are also likely to be times that you prefer to call on a professional rodent control service. When this is the case, there are a number of things you will need to do to prepare for service, to ensure the treatment is as effective and long-lasting as possible.
Make sure that all food that is not in a can or jar is stored in the refrigerator or heavy plastic container for at least two weeks following service. This includes chips, candies, nuts, cereals, breads, any grain-based food, pet foods, etc., that are normally stored in upper or lower cabinets, on counter tops, or on top of the refrigerator. Although usually bagged, rodents can chew right through plastic bags to get to foods.
Remove all items from the top of the refrigerator and from directly underneath the kitchen sink to allow access to these areas.
making note of areas where mice or signs of mice have been seen.
Traps should not be touched or disturbed during or after the service.
Take out trash on a regular basis, keep lids on trash cans, and keep area as clean as possible.
Eliminate any unnecessary storage including boxes, paper, and clothing as rodents will take shelter here, gnaw the items to make their nests, and even breed in such undisturbed areas.
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Rat are destructive, to wiring insulation causing a fire hazard. They can breed up to 6 times in a year, producing 5-10 babies each time. Once they take up residence in your home, they can quickly multiply, increasing the damage and danger to you and your property. Our mice control and mice removal experts are professionally trained in rat control.
Rat Control and extermination of rats involves a series of steps in many situations. The first step is rat removal, is closing all the holes they are using to get in then trapping all of the rats living in the structure. Rodenticides or poisons are usually not the best way for rat removal of the infestation initially because they often cause you to have dead and decomposing animals in the structure of your home, which can lead to further contamination, terrible odors, and insect problems. A thorough inspection to identify entry points on your home will often reveal a need for exclusion to prevent reentry once the initial rat removal is completed. Because rats can squeeze through very small openings, it is often impossible to fully ‘rat proof’ a structure. In many cases, we can implement a rat control program to prevent a re-infestation which will include rat control re-treatment if needed.
Identifying and Dealing with Rodents in Seattle Homes
A number of species of rodents call the Seattle area home, and these pests often seek out food within residences in the area. Even a very clean house can become the home of rodents, leading to sanitation problems and health risks. Seattle pest control professionals see a number of different types of mice and rats in homes throughout the area.
These are some of the most common rodents encountered by Seattle exterminators:
– Norway Rats. The Norway rat or Rattus norvegicus is a very large pest that can get up to 15 inches long. The rodents have long fur that ranges from dark brown to light grey in color. The tail of a Norway rat is usually smaller than its body, and it leaves behind droppings that are shaped like tiny capsules.
– Roof Rats. Often found in attics and crawlspaces in the Seattle area, the roof rat or Rattus rattus can grow as long as the Norway rat, but it has some differences in appearance. The rats’ tails are usually longer than their bodies, and they are usually slimmer with darker, shorter fur.
– Cotton Rats. Small and stocky, cotton rats are usually between 5 and 8 inches long, making them more petite than Norway and roof rats. In addition to standing out because of their size, these rats are also easy to spot because of their very small ears and very coarse, wiry hair.
– House Mice. House mice come in colors ranging from shades of grey and brown to black, and their stomachs are usually white. These mice are typically 8 inches long or smaller, and they have hair on their ears and tails, making them easy to distinguish from rats.
What Professional Seattle Exterminators Do
While there are products that homeowners can use to bait rodents and kill them or safely remove them while alive, it can be difficult to quickly deal with rodent infestations using these products. As a result, most experts recommend calling Seattle exterminators when signs of rodent infestations are spotted. A Seattle pest control company will perform a rodent inspection to find what types of rodents are present in a home, where they are living and how they managed to get inside in the first place. Then, they develop the right extermination plan to relocate or kill the rodents in question. In addition to dealing with the immediate infestation, Seattle pest control companies provide advice on how to prevent rodents from returning and may make repairs to property that was caused by the pests.
Choosing the Right Seattle Pest Control Company
Homeowners that are looking for reliable, yet fairly priced Seattle pest control services for rodents can rely on AM/PM Exterminators. A family owned and operated company, the Seattle exterminators company has years of experience safely removing and exterminating rodents from homes and businesses throughout the Seattle area. The company offers competitive rates and will use the method of rodent removal that will provide the best outcome while recommending improvements and maintenance that will keep pests out in the future. To schedule a rodent inspection, call AM/PM Exterminators
The most commonly found rat pest in seattle metro king county area is the Norway rat. Norway rats, sometimes called brown or sewer rats, are identifiable by their stocky, gray-brown bodies. Their tails are shorter than their body length and their ears and eyes are small relative to their body. Norway rats are larger than most other rat species. They burrow in gardens and fields, as well as beneath building foundations, trash or woodpiles. Norway rats line their nests with fibrous materials, such as shredded paper and cloth. These rats tend to inhabit the lower levels of buildings.
Roof rats, sometimes called black rats, are superb climbers that tend to nest above ground. In the wild, roof rats inhabit shrubs, trees and dense vegetation. In domestic environments, they seek out secure, elevated places such as attics, walls, sheet rock ceilings and cabinets. They may enter homes through trees close to windows or eaves.