At Whitworth, we can’t say enough about how important an issue rodents have become in the Puget Sound area—especially rats. When people think of rodents, most think of filthy creatures that live in dirty holes and feed on garbage. 

On the surface this simple description is correct—but dig a little deeper and you find out that they are very complex animals that have adapted extremely well to living side by side with us. The bottom line is that rodents live among us— and always will.

Rodents are more than just a nuisance, they are associated with the spreading of disease. There are literally dozens of diseases they can carry and spread. This is why it’s extremely important to stay vigilant about not making any rodents feel “comfortable” around your home:

1) Keep trees, shrubs, heavy vegetation, woodpiles and stored items away from the house—preferably at least three feet. This includes keeping overhanging branches cut back away from the roof. If pruning is not possible, consider removing the tree.

2) Do not feed wildlife. Wildlife normally does fine without our help, and spilled food from feeders is a smorgasbord for rodents.

3) Keep dog droppings cleaned up on a daily basis.

4) If feeding your dog or cat outside, feed them only as much as they can eat in one sitting; pick up any spilled dog or cat food immediately.

5) Store all pet food in metal containers with tight-fitting lids.

6) Do not leave any doors open. If you have a pet door, consider an electronic version in which the door closes tight when it is not in use.

7) If you have fruit trees, pick up any dropped fruit immediately.

8) Do not let any trash or brush piles accumulate outside.

9) Routinely inspect around your house for any openings three-eights of an inch or larger. If you find an opening, seal it. This includes looking at all exterior doors (large and small) crawl space vent screens, soffit vent screens, attic vents, etc. for breaches.

There are many other potential rodent entry points around a building. Too many, in fact, to list here. If you feel you may have a rodent problem, inside or out, contact us and we will perform a free inspection to determine the extent of the problem and possible solutions.