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Category: Rodent inspection

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:

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:

1-800-ECO-1698 or Send a Text

Email: 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:

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.

1-800-ECO-1698 or Send a Text or you may book online using this button:

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