Proudly Eliminating Rats in Seattle, Olympia, Bremerton, Tacoma & Puyallup.
Rats are a huge problem throughout this state. Although they used to be found most often in older homes and businesses, they have now become well established virtually everywhere. The most common large rodents in homes and businesses are Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) and Roof rats (Rattus rattus).
There’s more to rodent control than you might think. Before you attempt to handle the problem, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I know the species and habits of the rodents to be eliminated? Is it House mice, Deer mice, Norway rats, Roof rats, etc.?
- Do I know where every entry point is?
- Do I know the best techniques to use to eradicate them?
- Do I know where to place traps to attract rodents, but not endanger pets and children or create odors from them dying in the building?
If you can’t answer “Yes” to all these questions, then call us for rodent control in Seattle. We’ll do the job right.
And here’s how:
On the initial visit we’ll do an exterior inspection of the structure to check for areas where rats might enter. We’ll also note any conditions that may be conducive to worsening the infestation. We’ll draw a diagram of the building and document our findings, providing you with a copy.
If there are access points or other conditions conducive to an infestation, it is imperative that these are fixed A.S.A.P. or rat problems may continue indefinitely. We also provide rat exclusion and cleanout services, so let us know if you’d like an estimate for repairing any access points or cleaning the crawl space of rat urine and fecal material.
We’ll set snap traps in the areas in which evidence of rats are found. Usually this includes the attic and crawlspace, but may also include the garage, outbuildings, etc.
After the initial visit, there are three follow-ups. Two occur on a weekly basis. The last one occurs two weeks after the 2nd follow-up. Here’s an example:
- Initial visit occurs January 3rd.
- First follow-up occurs January 10th.
- Second follow-up occurs January 17th.
- Last follow-up occurs January 31st.
At each follow-up visit, traps will be checked, dead rats removed, and traps will be re-baited with lure specially formulated for rats. If you’re having concerns in between scheduled visits, please feel free to contact us. If traps catch rats in between regular visits, we’ll perform an extra service to pick them up at no charge. On the last follow-up we pick up the traps.
After trapping is completed, a continual monthly service or every other month service is recommended for continual Seattle rodent control and an ongoing warranty. Without regular service visits, rats will continually attempt to re-enter the building. Rodent bait stations will be placed around the exterior of the building for continual rodent population control. The building will also be covered and under warranty for a variety of other pests in addition to rats, including serious wood destroying organisms found in our state. The pests covered depend on the type of regular service you select. For a free on-site evaluation of your home or business, please contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rats
What’s The Difference Between Norway Rats & Roof Rats?
Roof rats have become the most common problem of the two. Roof rats are very adept at climbing and jumping, and can even scale walls if conditions are right. They often appear in attics but won’t hesitate to go underneath a house either. Therefore, they can be a problem virtually anywhere in a structure. The adults have a combined head and body length of 6″ to 8″ and the tail length is generally longer than the body – an additional 7″ to 10″ long. Adult droppings are up to 1/2″ long and are pointed at the ends.
Norway rats like to stay closer to the ground and often burrow underground. Look for 3″ to 5″ diameter burrow holes next to a concrete slab structure or foundation wall. They’re most likely found underneath a building, but they don’t always follow the rules either and sometimes end up in an attic. The adults have a combined head and body length of 7″ to 9.5″ and the tail length is generally shorter than the body – an additional 6″ to 8″ long. Adult droppings are up to 3/4″ long and blunt on the ends.
Why Should I Be Concerned About Rats? Are They Dangerous?
What Attracts Rats?
How Will I Know If I Have A Problem With Rats?
Can’t I Just Put Some Poison Bait out (such as D-CON)?
The Other Pest Control Company I Called Says They Only Need One Visit To Solve My Problem. They’re A Lot Cheaper Than Whitworth. Why Shouldn’t I Use Them Over You?
How Can I Make My Home or Business Less Vulnerable To Rat Infestation?
- Check the building for possible entry points and plug up or repair any problem areas. Any gap of 1/2″ or more, such as around crawl space access doors or under entry and garage doors may allow rats to enter.
- Don’t leave pet food outside where rats have easy access to it.
- At a minimum, clean up birdseed spills which can attract rats. At times we’ll recommend complete stoppage of all bird feeding, at least for a period of time.
- Use trash cans with tight-fitting lids, and empty them regularly.
- Do not feed wild animals like squirrels, raccoons or opossums.