Hungry Rats & Mice Looking for New Food Sources

Author: Kurt Treftz, Cascade Pest Control

Aggressive rodents are constantly finding their way into homes and businesses to find new food sources. Whether their food sources are reduced through more effective waste control measures, closed businesses, or cold weather, rats are on the prowl to fill their bellies. 

We, at Cascade Pest Control, are getting an increasing number of calls for ongoing rodent control because these pesky pests are now aggressively finding their way and infesting homes and businesses in the Seattle region in search of a food source.

Restaurants have always been a place for rodents to feed on the food scraps and leftovers dumped in garbage bins. Residential garbage receptacles also present a tempting option. But when those options don’t meet their needs, rodents can get bold – bold enough to try to get indoors. 

Larger cities, like Seattle, are always at risk, but residential areas aren’t exempt as rodents continually look for food sources. The CDC offers guidance on how to deter or prevent infestation.

Whether a home or business owner, here are some of the CDC recommendations:

  • Tightly seal and cover garbage cans or trash bins (even recycling bins!)
  • Outside bird feeders can attract rodents. Place them away from your home if possible.
  • Standing pet food can attract rodents. Don’t leave it outside overnight when rodents are most active.
  • Seal gaps, holes and cracks that could be entry points
  • Trim trees, shrubs, landscaping away from your building structure

With the reports of aggressive rodent behavior, it’s important to adhere to CDC guidelines to prevent any rat or rodent infestation. However, if you have been a victim of rodents, do not procrastinate in calling rodent control professionals to eradicate the problem.

DIY solutions will not eradicate all the issues that rodents cause.

Rodent Damage:

Health Threats of Rodents:

  • Mice carry Hantavirus
  • Rodent droppings and urination carry and transmit disease such as
    • Leptospirosis
    • Rat-Bite Fever
    • Indirect transmitted diseases and parasites, such as Lyme disease to strains of typhus
mice and the hantavirus

The safest and most effective, long-term solution to protecting both the structure and cleanliness of your home or business is to reach out to a professional pest and rodent control company.

Call 888-989-8979 to schedule an inspection or Request a Quote, today!

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