Cascade Pest Control Rodent Inspections for Rodent Control
Roofs, whether on a house or commercial building, have places where rodents can enter and breed. Here, any small gaps or holes will allow rats, squirrels and mice to enter and start nesting. Roof rats are a particular species of rat that, due to their amazing ability to climb and balance tend to nest above ground and often invade attic spaces to nest.
Once inside rodents have access to your attic space and often breed there, causing damage to insulation and contaminating the area. We later explore the interior of roofs—the attic—in Part 5.
Access and Food Sources
Rats, mice and other rodents are agile climbers. If we’re not careful they will take advantage of situations near our homes and businesses and climb up to get in.
“Ladders” rodent use:
Tree Branches – keep them trimmed at least 3 feet from eaves and roofs.
Stored Wood or other tall items leaning against the walls. Don’t allow stored items to allow climbing up to the eave.
Tall growing shrubs and vines—again, these should not reach within 3 feet of a gutter or roof.
Food for rats and mice:
Even small amounts of pet food remaining in or around pet dishes.
Grease build up in bar-b-cues.
Spilled garbage or garbage can with loose fitting lids.
Fruit trees and vegetable gardens
The Crawlspace –
An unsecured crawlspace access panel can allow rats and mice to enter. Rodents can also enter through improper vents, gaps in siding or the concrete foundation, and they can either travel up drain lines into the crawlspace or just tunnel under the foundation themselves.
Rodent droppings are often find rodent droppings in crawlspaces, as well as evidence that rats or mice are nesting in the subfloor insulation. Rats and mice both—and sometimes even squirrels—love to nest in insulation. Unfortunately, these rodents compress it and shred it in the process, costing you in heating and air conditioning costs.
This is an area where home inspectors check for rodent damage at the time of a home sale.
Attics provide an enclosed, safe space for them and they have an abundance of nesting material—your insulation. Attics are often contaminated by rodent filth and the insulation compressed and/or shredded to where it’s doing little good. Rats can breed and multiply in attics for quite some time before they are ever noticed.
What’s more, once rats or mice have access to your attic it’s a lesser matter for them to make their way through wiring or plumbing holes and again access to other parts of your home.
Bird Feeders and Rodent Burrows
Rodents – mice, rats and squirrels also love bird seed and much gets spilt to the ground. But rodents of all kinds can climb up, and even jump out to reach the feeder.
Rodent burrows hidden beneath ground cover and shrubs, or between stones of a rockery.
Neighborhood Range of Rodents
Rats normally go up to 150 feet from their nest to locate food. This means rodents, and rat populations in particular, are often a neighborhood issue, not only located in a particular house. And your neighbors’ habits with pet food, garbage and the like, will affect you.
Of course, those living more on the edge of suburbia, or even in rural districts throughout Washington are always surrounded with deer mice.
Cascade’s 3-Step Rodent Control Process
Step 1 – the Initial Rodent Service, which includes:
An Inspection of your home (or business)
Setting of traps
Estimate Given on Exclusion Work
Step 2 – Perform the Exclusion Work
Step 3 – Cascade’s ongoing Protection Service
Designed to create a perimeter defense to protect you and your home from re-infestation
Re-Inspect & Monitor Your Home Exterior (or business)
Set, check, and replenish bait stations
Attic check available annually, or when needed.
Outdoor Substructure Crawlspace Access checked each visit
Substructure Crawlspace interior checked (at least annually)
Warranty—Most homes qualify for a re-treatment warranty provided that recommendations, included exclusion recommendations, have been completed. Should any rats, mice or other rodents make an assault on your home Cascade will respond with extra visits at no charge.
Cascade Pest Control provides rodent inspections and the control of rats and mice in Tacoma, Greater Seattle, Bellevue and the Eastside, Everett, Skagit & Island counties, Bellingham, Leavenworth & Wenatchee.
Western Washington 1-888 (989) 8979
Chelan County/Wenatchee Valley (509)590-9243
Copyright Treftz Corp./Cascade Pest Control 2015
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