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Safely Cleaning Up After Rodents

We found a helpful resource on the website of the Washington State Department of Health. It is a PDF about how to clean up safely after noticing rodent droppings in your home or building.

Here is the resource: https://doh.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2024-02/420569-SafelyCleaningAfterRodents-Hantavirus-Poster-English.pdf

These are just a handful of tips from the PDF, so click the link to see the entire set of suggestions:

In Washington, deer mice can carry hantavirus, which can cause Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in humans. HPS is a severe, sometimes fatal respiratory disease. Deer mice can shed the virus in their urine, droppings, and saliva. Disturbing mouse nests, droppings, urine, or saliva, can create small particles that contain the virus in the air.

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Ventilate the space before cleaning by opening doors and windows for at least 30 minutes.

Avoid stirring up dust; don’t use a leaf blower, vacuum, sweep, or use
cleaning methods such as dry dusting.

https://doh.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2024-02/420569-SafelyCleaningAfterRodents-Hantavirus-Poster-English.pdf

If you need help with any rodent control in the areas we serve then you are welcome to contact us. We will serve your home or commercial property from the office nearest to you (Seattle, Everett, or Bellingham).

Phone: 1-800-ECO-1698
Email: Info@ParkerEcoPestControl.com

You also may book your appointment online at this link:

Recent News About Rats Affecting Seattle Commercial Properties

This past December, the DailyUW.com posted an article about the problem of rats affecting Seattle including the Northeast 43rd area. Here are some snippets from that article:

“Many rats had been living in this unmanaged planted strip that was installed by the city as a part of the bus and light rail improvements,” UDP executive director Don Blakeney wrote in an email.” 

“Containing the rodent population in the U-District requires cooperation on all fronts. Many historic buildings in the area are vulnerable to rodents because of holes in their exterior. Mice are able to fit into holes the width of a pencil and rats can chew and squeeze their way into a building with a hole as small as 1/4 inch in diameter.”

“The violation associated with insect, rodent, or animal presence is a blue violation, as opposed to a red critical violation with the highest risk of causing foodborne disease, and is worth 5 points. 120 or more red and blue points requires that the food establishment be shut down until they have fixed the issues, submitted a prevention plan to avoid future issues and received another inspection.

“Let’s say a rat runs across the kitchen floor when everything else they’ve done correctly, would that constitute a closure?” Bui said. “So that remains to be seen. You know it’s up to [an] individual, case to case basis. It’s up to us to make the final call.” 

https://www.dailyuw.com/news/rats-on-the-ave-how-businesses-government-and-community-members-are-maintaining-food-safety/article_785d3c1c-955b-11ee-87d6-3b4fdfffa13a.html

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Why Bellevue Rodent Control Is Important

In recent years there have been several impactful articles about rising rat populations in the Seattle area, including Bellevue. The first article was titled “Brief history of rats in the Puget Sound region – and the problem they present” from this link:

Brief history of rats in the Puget Sound region – and the problem they present | Bellevue Reporter

Some interesting parts from that article:

“We realized that control of rats was more intensive,” Trefts said. “It became the main thing. It was obvious that it was widespread.”

He said semi-rural communities, like Bellevue, in which suburban communities were built wall-to-wall next to one another, provided shelter and sustenance for the highly adaptable rodents.

Trefts said the newly built homes, with dark rat-cozy spaces in the walls and crawl spaces, provided “perfect” nests for families of rats. He said simple overlooked details like overfilled birdfeeders and grease from barbecues were just enough for rats to sustain themselves.

Rats have even been noted as having eaten dog droppings from a residential lawn.

Trefts and his peers began to notice they could work to keep the rats out of a home, but not the neighborhood, because they were “really well established.”

Trefts believes that the Puget Sound region has more rats per capita than New York City, mostly because New York has a higher population density and vertical skyrises that can shelter rats.

The next article was titled “Rats in Seattle: They’re creepy, clever and everywhere, but there is help”. Here are some parts from that article:

YES, RATS DO come up toilets. Yes, it’s a startling and scary image: those beady eyes, pointy front incisors, long scaly tails, their rhythmic sniffing. Sniffing for what?

Rats in Seattle: They’re creepy, clever and everywhere, but there is help | The Seattle Times

Another article was titled “Rising rat populations cost locals thousands in repairs”. Below are some sections of interest:

Rats have been a growing problem in Seattle and on the Eastside over the past decade. Their natural attraction to urban areas creates numerous problems for locals — some are simple inconveniences while some cost thousands of dollars.

“They eat from my antifreeze and transmission fluid,” said Igor Rozmarih. “Every morning I wake up and I don’t know if I [can] drive or not… I’m afraid.”

Rozmarih lives in a Bellevue condo complex near the Bellevue Aquatic Center. He and his neighbors recently and suddenly were infested with rats that were climbing into their cars and causing severe damage.

An engine compartment emulates a rat’s natural habitat as an enclosed, warm space with various tubes and wires they see as vines and branches. They’ll climb into the compartment during the night and by the time Rozmarih wakes up and starts his car, the damage is already done.


Diseases have become far less of a problem in modern urban areas with the advent of modern medicine and increase in overall health. So, while rats are inherently a large health problem, the most immediate problem for humans is the damage they cause.

Experts have numerous theories as to why rat populations are booming, according to Wikstrom.

“There are only theories, even the Ph.D. taxonomists, entomologists and rodentologists spend their lifetime studying these issues,” Wikstrom said.

He points to the overall rise in average temperature in the past 10 to 15 years as the one he believes to be most likely.

“Measurably speaking we know there’s been a change in the earth’s climate,” Wikstrom added. “How it got there is a whole different discussion of course.”

Rats reproduce very rapidly throughout the year, Wikstrom said. One rat can produce 20 to 40 rats in a year with four to six litters of six to 14 rats. However, rats will reproduce as long as the weather permits, so as it stays warmer later in the year, rats are able to produce one or two more litters each year.

Thus, the population increase becomes exponential as each of those rats can produce more rats each year.

Rising rat populations cost locals thousands in repairs | Bellevue Reporter

When you are ready to have us come inspect your pest control or rodent removal situation in the areas we serve, then you are welcome to contact us:

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Problems Which People Experience With Fleas And Maggots

A few weeks ago in Everett, an article came out about an apartment with maggot infestation:

‘Nightmare’ infestation leaves Everett family in debt, battling landlord | HeraldNet.com

Here are some of the quotes from tenants about the problems they experienced:

It was “like death,” said (person), whose kids were 1½ and 3 years old at the time.

“There was dead maggots all over the floor. There was live maggots on the floor.”

The couple had to throw away their bed, kids’ cribs and many other belongings…… Of the financial burden, (person) said, “there’s no way I will ever be able to compute that.”

The couple filed a claim with their own insurance, but the policy didn’t cover infestations.

The couple’s 1-year-old son “wakes up screaming” because “he’s been in so many different places this past few weeks,” (Person) said at the end of September. The 3-year-old started talking less.

While this is an extreme example, it shows real-world emotions around pests such as maggots and fleas in recent weeks. In addition to the impact on adults and kids, maggots and fleas also impact one’s neighbors and even your own pets.

We look forward to helping you with your pest control and rodent removal needs in our service areas. You are welcome to call, text, or book your appointment online.

1-800-ECO-1698 or Send a Text

Info@ParkerEcoPestControl.com

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Video Of Rats On Commercial Property In Everett

We just found a YouTube video uploaded in the fall of 2022 showing rats rummaging through garbage left outside a dumpster on a commercial property in Everett.

Everett Washington rats – YouTube

Rodent Control In Everett And Elsewhere In Washington State

The video we found is just an example of concerns which a property manager might experience regarding rats, mice and other pests. Some of the concerns might include:

  • Local health code violations for restaurants
  • Local ordinance violations for commercial and residential property managers, including apartments
  • Risk of negative reviews from customers and even litigation risks if a customer or tenant receives a rodent bite
  • Health risks due to rodent droppings
  • Risk of a massive increase in rodents reproducing if not addressed early
  • Many other risks

Here is a video example of one of our inspections, which is a part of our overall rodent control services:


When you are ready to have us visit your home or property in any of the Washington communities we serve, then you are welcome to call us or book your appointment online through this button:

Winterproofing Your Home in Bellingham, WA: A Guide to Keep Rodents at Bay

Winterproofing for Rodents

Winter in Bellingham, Washington, can be picturesque, but it also brings challenges, especially when it comes to keeping your home rodent-free. As temperatures drop, rodents seek shelter and warmth, posing a threat to your property. This article provides a comprehensive guide with practical tips to winterproof your home and prevent unwelcome guests.

Seal Entry Points:

Rodents can enter your home through tiny openings. Conduct a thorough inspection of your home’s exterior and seal any gaps or cracks using weatherstripping, caulk, or steel wool. Pay special attention to areas around doors, windows, vents, and utility penetrations.

Reference: University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program – “Exclusion: Sealing Out Rodents”

Maintain a Tidy Yard:

Keep your yard clean and well-maintained to discourage rodents from finding shelter close to your home. Trim overgrown vegetation, clear debris, and store firewood away from the house. This minimizes hiding spots and reduces the attractiveness of your property to rodents.

Reference: Washington State University Extension – “Rodent-Proof Construction and Exclusion Methods”

Secure Food Sources:

Rodents are drawn to accessible food sources. Store food in airtight containers, clean up crumbs promptly, and avoid leaving pet food out overnight. Properly dispose of garbage in sealed containers to prevent enticing smells that might attract rodents.

Reference: University of Florida IFAS Extension – “Controlling Rats and Mice in and Around Homes”

Install Door Sweeps:

Install door sweeps on exterior doors to eliminate potential entry points. Rodents, especially mice, can squeeze through very small gaps, and door sweeps provide an effective barrier to keep them out.

Reference: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension – “Mice”

Use Rodent-Resistant Materials:

Consider using rodent-resistant materials for construction and repairs. For example, replacing damaged siding with rodent-proof materials can deter rodents from chewing their way into your home.

Reference: Penn State Extension – “Rodent-Proof Construction”

Schedule Regular Inspections:

Prevention is key, and regular inspections can help you identify and address potential issues before they escalate. Hire a professional pest control service for a comprehensive inspection and to implement preventive measures.

Reference: Washington State Department of Agriculture – “Pesticide Application Business Licensing”

Final Thoughts about Winterproofing your Home from Rodents in Bellingham Washington

Winterproofing your home in Bellingham, Washington, requires a proactive approach to keep rodents at bay. By sealing entry points, maintaining a tidy yard, securing food sources, installing door sweeps, using rodent-resistant materials, and scheduling regular inspections, you can create a rodent-resistant environment that ensures a cozy and pest-free winter.

News Clip About Rats And Pest Control In Seattle

This video clip from a FOX 13 news broadcast in Seattle was posted roughly a year ago. It featured some tips from King County about what to do when there are rats in one’s toilet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjIuvk5RyV8

We then found the corresponding page on the King County website with a comic book-style set of tips for this situation:

What to do if there’s a RAT in the toilet (kingcounty.gov)

We also found another page on the King County website with tips on getting rats out of your toilet and sewer pipes. Here are some snippets from that page:

Keep rats out of sewer pipes

Keep food and grease out of your drains: Garbage disposals and dishwashing can wash food down your drains. Rats can then follow the scent of this food.

  • Keep your kitchen sink rinsed clean. Use garbage disposals as little as possible.
  • Clean your kitchen sink drain monthly! Use 1 cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of vinegar and rinse with boiling water. You can also use 1 cup of bleach and rinse with boiling water.
  • Never pour grease or oils down the drain.
READ THE FULL SET OF TIPS FROM THE COUNTY HERE: Keep rats out of your toilet and sewer pipes – King County, Washington

We have additional suggestions for what to do when a rat appears in your toilet or your pipes. You are welcome to contact us if you need help in the Washington communities we serve: Areas Served

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Post thumbnail/image credit goes to the same page on the Seattle & King County Public Health website.

Natural Bee And Wasp Removal While Still Protecting Nature

Counties such as King County have resources and policies in place to help protect nature. If you need to remove bees, hornets and/or wasps from your property, especially in your yard or on the exterior of your home, then removal can be a delicate situation if you want to follow County regulations and suggestions.

Here are some of the policies and resources in place from the County website:

In order to effectively remove noxious weeds, the program may selectively apply a low toxicity herbicide, which has been reviewed and approved by the King County IPM Steering Committee. These approved herbicides have been identified as being the most effective at controlling a particular noxious weed, while exhibiting the lowest risk and toxicity characteristics. KCNWCP does not use insecticides or any other product that is acutely toxic to honey bees.

Full article: https://kingcounty.gov/en/legacy/services/environment/animals-and-plants/biodiversity/defining-biodiversity/species-of-interest/pollinators

This excerpt from an Endangered Species Bulletin article sums up the problem: “Pollinating animals are critically important to the maintenance of virtually all terrestrial ecosystems, yet the population status of most pollinating species often goes unnoticed. Butterflies, moths, bats, birds, bees, beetles, flies, ants, and wasps assist almost all flowering plants in their reproduction, helping them to develop the seeds, foliage, nuts, and fruits that ensure the survival of innumerable wildlife and human populations worldwide. Sadly, many pollinator populations are declining precipitously around the world.” This article, by Dr. Kim Winter, also lists examples of guilds of pollinators that are listed under the Endangered Species Act — birds, bats, butterflies, moths, and beetles.

Honeybees are also in decline. They are suffering from what is being called Colony Collapse Disorder. Do an internet search on the phrase, and you will uncover countless articles and papers. Bumblebees are in decline too. Simply stated: our pollinators are in trouble, and if our pollinators are in trouble, so is our food supply, and so are we.

FULL ARTICLE: https://kingcounty.gov/en/legacy/services/environment/animals-and-plants/biodiversity/defining-biodiversity/species-of-interest/pollinators

We offer natural insect removal services in Seattle, King County, and throughout much of the Western side of Washington. You are welcome to look at our service area here: Service Area

You also are welcome to take a moment to watch a short video about recent natural wasp and hornet removal jobs we have performed in the region:

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you soon about your pest control and insect removal needs. You are welcome to email us or call us, and this page will provide you with our office location closest to you: Contact Us

Rodent Removal And Prevention Information

Whatcom County posted some helpful information about the risks of rodents. Here is what the County’s website says:

  1. Rodents — Rodents can be a nuisance and cause health risks. Rodents may cause damage and can carry diseases. Rodents may also carry fleas or ticks that may transmit disease. It is important to seal up places rodents may enter and remove their access to food, water, and shelter.
https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3255/Animal-Exposure

This ties in with one of our earlier blog posts about the need for rodent inspections for your home:

We serve a good portion of Washington including our new office in Bellingham, which serves nearby towns such as Marietta-Alderwood and Ferndale. In recent weeks we have made videos from that area of the state showing clips from recent pest control jobs.

One of these recent videos shows some of our methods for natural pest control and rodent prevention for rats, mice and similar pests:

When you are ready to book an inspection you are welcome to contact us.

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Reasons Why Rodent Inspection Is Important

One of our services is rodent control, and that typically starts with an inspection of your home or place of business. This short video shows you just some of the steps we take during a typical rodent inspection in the communities we serve.

We sometimes get asked why rodent inspection is a necessary step and part of a regular home maintenance plan.

We found some helpful resources to answer those questions for you:

This is from the Washington State Department of Health:

Rodents such as mice and rats can carry harmful diseases. Diseases from rodents can spread to people through bite wounds, eating contaminated food or water, or breathing in germs from rodent urine or droppings that are stirred into the air. People can also get diseases from rodent ticks, mites, and fleas.

In Washington, deer mice are the main carriers of a virus that cause hantavirus in people. Hantavirus is a rare, but potentially fatal respiratory disease. Avoid stirring up the dust in rodent-contaminated areas to help prevent exposure to hantavirus.

https://doh.wa.gov/community-and-environment/pests/rodents

This next information comes from the Whatcom County website:

How Rodents Spread Disease

Rodents can carry diseases that may be transmitted through:

  • A bite.
  • Breathing in germs from rodent urine or feces that are stirred up into the air.
  • Eating or drinking food or water contaminated by rodents.

Rodents may also carry ticks or fleas that could transmit disease.

Hantavirus & Other Diseases Spread by Rodents

In Washington State, deer mice may carry a type of virus called hantavirus. Hantavirus causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), a serious condition in which the lungs become filled with fluid so that it becomes hard to breathe. Most people require hospital care, and about 1 in 3 people with HPS have died. You might be at risk of HPS if you are cleaning up areas where rodent urine and droppings get stirred up into the air and inhaled.

Rodents also carry diseases such as leptospirosistularemia, and rat-bite fever.

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3258/Rodents
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