Rodents! You know, mice, rats, opossums (where did that "O" come from?), raccoons, the guys who tear apart your garbage and make homes out of it. The vermin who brought the plague into Europe. If you have a rodent problem, you may want to get it taken care of. They are hazardous to your health!
There 's almost a billion (estimation) different rodents in the Pacific Northwest. For more on Rodents in your area, visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife orODFW. We mainly see problems involving Mice, Rats, and Raccoons here in Portland & Vancouver.
Rodents can pose a serious problem to both your home and your business. Their gross habits can have serious health concerns and may even result in a fine.
Rodents are warm-blooded animals and can survive in almost any environment. They are known for their ability to chew through almost anything, including your electrical. They like to make their homes in the insulation in your walls. Needless to say, they can cause a lot of damage.
Rats like to make their homes in dark, safe places. They usually burrow under your home, hide in attics or crawl spaces, and even in your walls. They are always on guard and know when new items show up in their environment (i.e., rat traps and baits). This makes them hard to control and may take some time before you see results.
Rats are a vector for disease. They have led to many human deaths throughout history. Parasites will use them as transportation. If they get into your home, fleas and ticks that hitched a ride can now hop onto you or your loved ones. This is how diseases spread.
There are over a few thousand different species of mice. They enter your home to stay warm, as well as, access to food and water. They may look cute, but they can contaminate any place they decide to take shelter. Their droppings and urine are carried on them and interact with the surfaces the come in contact with.
Contamination of this kind accounts for almost a billion dollars annually caused by rats and mice. That is equal to nearly a quarter of total food production lost from rat contamination.
Rats & Mice like to breed (just like most of us animals), and they breed often. In most cases, they are in a constant state of reproduction which equates to a lot of offspring.
One female rat can produce around 6 to 10 babies every three weeks. One female mouse can do about the same in three to four weeks. This means that both rat and mice populations can skyrocket. Imagine this in your home!
The only upside is that rats only live for about a year. Downside? Rat colonies can near a population size of 100. More downside? Mice average a lifespan of around 2 to 3 years.
If you come into contact with a rat or mouse, do not try to handle them. Remember that they carry disease and are usually covered in their own excrete. If they bite you, you could contract rat-bite fever. This is a potentially fatal disease if not treated.
As previously mentioned, rodents have an uncanny ability to survive. They can adapt to just about any environment. They are scavengers, they're used to picking up crumbs and digging through the trash to find a meal. They work the night shift, while most of us sleep. This is why it is hard to notice them before they become a huge problem.
Combining your efforts with neighbors will help in deterring rodents from moving in. This is key if you live in shared communities such as apartments or condominiums. Identify easy access points and seal them off.
There are many different homemade solutions to repel rodents. These include oils, mothballs, and even coyote urine (don't try to get this yourself). These solutions may help, but they will not fix an infestation.
Another way to NOT fix your problem is to ignore it. Ignoring an infestation can actually lead to contracting a variety of different viruses and diseases.
When deciding which pest control company to go with, be sure to ask about exclusion measures and how they will help you solve the problem in the short and long-run. Companies that can properly execute long-term plans are worth their weight in gold. The last thing you need is reoccurring pest problems. Be sure to find yourself an experienced expert who knows, understand, and specializes in dealing with rodent extermination and removal. They will not only help you with the current problem but also find a solution in case the rodents ever decide to make a comeback. They will help you determine key entry points and help you seal them off.
Remember that trying to control a rodent infestation can be detrimental to your health, and outright dangerous. Don't try to go at it alone. You need an integrated approach to both deal with the immediate problem and any future occurrences.
The presence of one rodent may mean there are more where that came from. Contact a pest management professional for a comprehensive approach to the problem.
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