How Do You Get Rid Of Rodents?
At New Leaf, we strive to provide our clients with the highest quality pest control services possible. For many, this means clearing their home of rats and other rodents. Most homeowners will try and use Decon or another store-bought rat poison, but this is not something that we recommend. First, it is not in a secure bait station, and second, it is not particularly useful. Trapping is an option, but not typically recommended because of for every rodent that you trap, several are born. They just reproduce too fast. The best thing that a homeowner can do is to remove all the possible food and water sources and be on the lookout for potential entry points into the home.
We can do a combination of baiting and trapping that is extremely effective in eliminating rat populations. Our bait stations are tamper-proof boxes that are properly secured to be safe around children and pets. The bait that we use works by dehydrating the rodent that eats it, driving it outside towards a water source. This method ensures that it does not die underneath the home (unlike how many store-bought rodent baits work). We take great care in identifying the source of the problem and the potential entry points so that we can put together lasting solutions for you and your family.
The most common pests that we deal with in the Pacific Northwest are wasps, ants, and rodents. Rats run rampant in the Vancouver area. They are more of an urban problem than a rural issue, but they don’t discriminate too much if they can find their basic needs. Typically a rat is looking for shelter, food, and a water source. If your home can provide these things for them, they are likely to try and move in.
Norway rats are the most common species of rats that we have in the Vancouver, Washington, area. They are excellent tunnelers and will often burrow underneath the foundation of your home to get inside your crawl space. If you find holes around your home the size of a tennis ball or smaller, you may have an issue underneath your home. Once inside, your crawl space provides a safe, warm place for the rodents to reproduce, and a lot of damage and contamination can result. A female rat can have up to 7 litters per year, with about a dozen young per litter. With this in mind, you can see that it doesn’t take long before an infestation can get out of hand.
Rats are opportunistic survivors that like to live near humans. They tirelessly search for food sources that people carelessly leave behind, and they eat just about anything. Some common ways that people unwittingly give free meals for rats are by having bird feeders, leaving out pet food, having a composter, and a garden. Rats also prefer areas of dense grass and shrubbery to stay hidden. If you have an overgrowth of plants and trees, it may be a good idea to give them a trim.
A rat has a lifespan of about one year and spends its short life scavenging for food and reproducing. They are relatively intelligent and are excellent at surviving. An ignored rat infestation can cause a lot of problems in your crawl space and can create an unhealthy environment in your home.
Unfortunately, this can often be inside your home, which they are particularly adept at getting inside. Because of their size, they can easily slip in underneath a garage door or any opening larger than about a dime-sized hole. Once a mouse gets access to the inside of your home or crawl space, they begin to spread contamination. A mouse cannot control its bowels and will leave feces and urine everywhere they go, creating unhealthy spaces over time. Considering that a female mouse can have over 70 pups a year (with only a 20 day gestation period), you can see how a mice infestation can quickly get out of hand.
In the wild, mice build an intricate tunneling system where they live. If they are lucky enough to find themselves in your nice, warm crawl space, they will do the same burrowing in your subfloor insulation. This tunneling can contaminate and ruin the insulation in a reasonably short amount of time. Severe damages result in the need for a crawl space restoration, which can be quite costly. Mice are social pests. If you see a mouse in your home, it is doubtful that this is the only one. Finding out how bad an infestation is can be a simple process of inspecting the crawl space and checking for rodent feces.
Preferred Rodent Exterminators in Vancouver
Our targeted approach ensures we take every precaution. We always strive to use the smallest amount of rodenticide products necessary to facilitate complete rodent removal in Vancouver. The reason the rodenticides work so well is because a rodent is not able to vomit. A dog or cat that ingests poison would likely get sick and show signs of poisoning. Still, this is extremely rare because of the tamper proof bait stations that we use. If an animal is showing signs of poisoning, you should take the animal to the veterinarian right away. Please click here for a vet guide to rodenticide poisoning.
Not only do we get rodents at the source, but we’ll also address any entry points on your property. We offer advice to you on other actions that reduce the likelihood of a rodent infestation. Most often, we advise homeowners to seal food items in airtight containers and block off entry points leading into the home from below. We can even repair damage or contamination that has already occurred, bringing your home back to a fully pre-infestation state.
Pest Control Company With Guaranteed Results
Exceptional service is about being a good listener, hearing what is important to each individual customer, and offering outstanding results. These ideals are deeply ingrained in our service technicians and our office staff to ensure that you always have a pleasant experience. You want to know that the company you hire is going to get the job done. We stand by our work and offer a money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with our service.
We offer a free, no-risk inspection of your property. A New Leaf rodent exterminator in Vancouver will examine your property to determine the cause and scope of your infestation and how far it has spread. We’ll go over it with you afterward and give you as much time as you need to decide how to proceed.
If you decide we are the right company for you, we’ll get to work immediately. Our rodent removal experts always come prepared. As soon as we get the go-ahead, we’ll formulate and carry out a removal plan explicitly designed around the unique layout of your property. Every infestation is different, and we believe rodent removal is a case by case basis. This approach provides a much more targeted rodent removal that gets better results than a blanket approach. If you are experiencing problems with rats, mice, or any other types of pests, please give us a call and let us know how we can help you!
Family Owned Pest Control Service
We realized that the Portland and Vancouver area needed a better option for pest control services. My wife and I decided to create that option. We named our new company “New Leaf” because we wanted to signify a fresh start on how pest control service should be.
We asked ourselves one simple question, “If we were customers, what would we want in a pest control company?” The answer to that question has become everything that our company stands for.
Rodent Control and Exterminator Near Me
There are several signs you want to look for that can indicate the presence of mice and rats.
Signs of a Rat Problem
Droppings – These are small oval-shaped pellets that are firm to the touch, typically found anywhere rats or mice eat or hide. Familiar places include pantries, bags, and beams.
Noise – Scurrying noises, clacking sounds from their nails on hard surfaces, and squeaks are all everyday rat noises. They are more active at night, and it will be easier to hear any sounds.
Gnaw marks and holes – Rodents need to keep their teeth down and will chew on nearly anything. Wood and wires are their favorites. You may also find gaps in food packaging that are quite evident.
What Does a Rodent Control Service Cost?
We strive to provide not only the highest quality pest control services but also the most competitive prices. We even offer a coupon for a $98 pest control treatment that is good for ants, spiders, wasps, or rodents.
Rodent and Pest Control Services That Last
We look at the property as a whole and come up with a custom solution for your home that will give you long-lasting control. We use products and methods that are effective. Our exterminators take great care in trying to identify how the rodents are getting in. Once we have treated your home and have our rodent bait stations securely in place, we discuss with you how to keep them away. We will talk about the different conducive conditions around your home and help you come up with a plan to mitigate them.