Rodents are everywhere in the Portland Metro area. Just about every home in the Pacific Northwest will have rats or mice (or both) at some point. Some homes, like those located in rural areas, are even more likely to encounter problems with rodents. So, what are some things that a responsible home owner can do to keep them out? Well, I’m glad you asked…
1) Stop feeding them!
If you are a bird lover and are kind enough to keep food out for them, you are also feeding the rodents as well. In fact, by keeping a bird feeder, you are not only encouraging more rodents to check out your home, but also encouraging them to stay for awhile and have babies. Rats and mice will always try and locate a nest near a food source. If you are feeding birds and are willing to risk the rodent issues, at least move it as far from the home as possible or install a tray to catch the seeds that drop to the ground. In addition to bird seeds, be aware of other potential food sources around your home like pet food, garbage left outside and composters. Remove and seal these food sources and let the rodents head over to your neighbors house for an easier meal.
2) Seal entry points
By far, the easiest way a rodent gets into your home is through openings in the crawl space foundation. Generally, foundation vent screen are damaged or missing, creating easy access. Once underneath your home, mice and rodents will thrive and reproduce in your safe and warm crawl space. Before long, contamination and damages will build and a crawl space restoration may be necessary. Do a quick walk around your property. Check each screen in the foundation and see if there are gaps or wires going through. If damages are found, consider having a pest control company install a rodent proof screen or, at the very least, put a foam insulator cap in its place.
3) Get your crawl space inspected for free
Most pest control companies in the Portland and Vancouver area offer free inspections. We do this because most crawl space are in need of pest control or rodent control and would gladly submit a bid to address these issues. The problem is that most home owners just do not realize what issues exist underneath their homes and leave them neglected. Remember, an ounce of prevention is greater than a pound of cure.
4) Preventative rodent treatments
If you live in an area with a high rodent population, you should consider doing a preventative rodent treatment. For example, areas in downtown Portland are notorious for rat issues and rural areas are notorious for mice. Maybe you do not have rodent issues now, but it is likely that you will in the future. By placing preventative rodent stations outside of your home, you can lower the population around your home and reduce the risk of them ever getting in. We offer this service for just $88. Click here for the coupon.
If you are currently struggling with rodent issues or are just trying to avoid them in the future, we can help! Just give us a call or shoot us an email.