Rats & Mice
According to the US Census Seattle is one of the rattiest cities in the nation. The Pacific Northwest is home to two types of rats and a few different mice including the Norway Rat, The Black or Roof Rat, House Mice, and Deer Mice. These are the toughest nuisance pests to deal with because a rat only needs ½” hole and mice only need ¼” hole to gain entry to a structure. Rats and mice are also disease transmitters and can carry Hantavirus and rat bite fever. Rats and mice are a growing problem in our area because they tend to live near humans. This means that as our population grows so does theirs.
for our 7 week plan.
We offer a 7 week plan because a mouse or rat problem cannot be solved with just one visit. The methods used in our 7 week plan are explained below. For stubborn rat and mouse problems (particularly when they are coming from a neighboring property that cannot be treated) we recommend our quarterly service.
How we control rats and mice
The best defense against rats and mice is a combination of exclusion methods (keeping them out) and setting traps.
- We conduct an exterior inspection to see where they are getting in the structure.
- We seal up any holes greater than ¼ inch with sealants, foam or other materials.
- We remove anything that might be attracting them to your property.
- We place traps in appropriate places.
Please note that there are some exclusion jobs we cannot safely attempt because we are not licensed contractors, but we can gladly refer one.
The two main chemical tools we use are repellent pouches and bait stations.
The scented pouches emit an odor that is unpleasant to rats and mice but actually somewhat fragrant to humans. The combination of natural ingredients is completely safe for kids and animals. In addition to being an eco-friendly option, we also like this treatment because it repels rather than kills the animals. These pouches are usually used in crawl spaces, attics and garages.
Most infestations require at least some bait stations. Bait stations contain rodenticides that kill the animals that consume the bait. These are tamper-proof against children and pets. The first two bait stations are included in our fees, any additional requested is $20 per station. The number of traps needed depends on the size of your home and the severity of the infestation.
For customers who would like no poisonous rodenticides used, this is possible but may require more frequent visits at an additional cost.
The 7 week plan
After we’ve closed up entry holes and traps and bait stations are set, we will return within one week of the first visit to check the area and service the traps. After that, we will return every three weeks for six weeks. The plan includes a total of four visits.
In order to take complete control over rat or mice infestations, we recommend our quarterly service. This service protects your home against rats and mice, as well as ants, spiders, wasps, and more.
What you can do to control rats and mice
- Keep clutter and garbage to a minimum. Rodents can nest in clothing, paper, and linens (just to name a few).
- Keeping a foot wide perimeter around your home clear of shrubs, garbage, lawn debris, woodpiles, etc.
- Removing any standing water around the property to reduce the number of watering sites.
- Keeping pet food and other food sources in secured containers.