Rodents | Rats | Mice

Information About Rodents:

Rodents – Rats/Mice
Rodent Damage
Infesting Homes
Infesting Cars
Hantavirus Outbreak

Cascade Rodent Control Services:

Inspection & Initial Treatment Rodent Exclusion Protect-Prevent Service

Related Cascade Services:

Insulation Repair Rodent Abatement Dead Rat Removal/Odor Control

Rodent / Rat / Mouse / Mice Control, Extermination, Pest Management
Rodents – Rats & Mice.
With rodent populations well established in virtually every neighborhood it’s not just a matter of chance, but a matter of time, before a home encounters an infestation. Rats thrive throughout the Tacoma-Seattle-Eastside-Everett-Bellingham corridor–in urban, suburban and saltwater shoreline areas. And deer mice are native to every sparsely inhabited area, as well as all wooded parks and greenbelts throughout the many suburban areas. Another species of mouse is also encountered in the urban areas of our cities.
Rodents are tenacious, secretive, and because they breed rapidly are usually a community-wide problem. Rodents can jump, climb, swim and gnaw through wood. Rats are particularly aggressive, pushing out other animals. More about rats/mice.
They are not domestic animals—they are wild, desperate to gain access to shelter and food and compete with us for resources. When rodents move in they contaminate surfaces, spread disease and cause damage. Nearly every home is susceptible as small holes or gaps are built into the home and construction materials—wood, plastic siding & vents, and even thin metal—are gnawed through for entry. In most cases by the time we are called there is already an established rat or mouse infestation.

Survey by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has found the Greater Seattle area to rank highest rat population in U.S. Source: The American Housing Survey (AHS), a comprehensive, statistical survey conducted every two years by the U.S. Census Bureau and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


Spreading Filth & Disease

Contaminated Surfaces
Rats and mice track bacteria with their feet on surfaces and rub their bodies often leaving “grease marks” that are laden with germs. They also dribble urine and feces wherever they go. This means that even if they haven’t chewed into anything, the surfaces are contaminated. This is unwanted anywhere around our living spaces, but especially harmful around barbecues, food storage areas, kitchens and around our pet’s food. Salmonella is very common but other pathogens may also be present.

Rodents are infamous throughout history for spreading disease. Their bites, urine, droppings, dead carcasses, and contact are known to carry a wide variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Rat-bite fever is commonly carried by rats. Here in the northwest Seattle ranks highest in rat population and we’ve had an outbreak of hantavirus, which is carried by deer mice.

Rodent Damage – Homes / Insulation – Cars & other vehicles

Damage from gnawing can occur to roofing materials, siding, vent covers, garbage cans, modern plastic plumbing. wiring and stored items.
Rodents-particularly rats and squirrels have been known to gnaw on wires causing shorts requiring extensive electrical work, and they’ve been known to even cause house fires.

Insulation – Most rodent damage results in compressed, disrupted or contaminated insulation. This damage most often occurs in the attic or substructure crawlspace. Compressed, shredded or moved insulation becomes ineffective resulting in high heating & air conditioning costs. The contamination isn’t pleasant so close to your living space either.
Special Note: When it’s time to sell your home this damage and/or filth will be caught by the home inspection and is normally required to be repaired before the sale is completed. Cascade provides damaged insulation remediation.

Rodent Damage to Cars & also RV’s, Trailers & Boats
A large number of automobiles are damaged every month from rats, mice & other rodents nesting in the engine compartment, or within the dashboard, console or upholstery. Every auto mechanic in the region is familiar with this problem.

Damage to the electrical system will render a car useless and the repairs can be very costly. Mouse infestations in the auto ventilation system has been implicated in local cases of hantavirus.
Rats and mice similarly infest and damage boats, RV’s, travel trailers and other vehicles.

More information

Cascade Rat, Mouse and Rodent Control
Cascade’s nearly 40 years has provided us thousands of local rat-infestation challenges. This experience has honed our approach in the control of rat infestations…and the volume and wide variety of situations and local home types has built our knowledge base.

Cascade’s Initial Rodent Service
Inspection, Recommendations & Trap Setting.

Cascade’s Initial Rodent Treatment. We begin with an inspection of the home (or other building) to determine extent of rodent presence, access points and any obvious damage. We also provide recommendations for exclusion & any remedial work, and we set traps in strategic locations. More information on Initial Rodent Treatment

Finding rodent access beneath foundation

Protective Service – As noted above rodent populations are well established throughout the region. Our nearly 40 years’ experience fighting rodents has demonstrated that they are a neighborhood problem, not simply a “house” problem. You can count on the fact that some other home(s) in your neighborhood has a rodent infestation. And they thrive in greenbelts set aside for wildlife next to housing developments. This is why an ongoing protective service is required in our region. More information on Rodent Inspect & Protect Service

Exclusion. Closing gaps, cracks and holes that allow rodents and other pest into attics, crawlspaces, wall voids and more is referred to as rodent/rat/mouse exclusion or pest exclusion. It is also called rodent/rat-proofing or pest-proofing or pest “build-out” or pest-blocking.
Homes and other structures are often built with gaps that allow pest entry. Also, wooden siding and some roofing materials are soft enough for rats to gnaw their way in.
Cascade technicians are trained with a variety of ways to block or slow down rodents from entering structures, whether tunneling or gnawing their way in. This greatly slows down pest infestations and helps with control. More on Rodent Exclusion

Insulation Repair
Damaged Insulation Remediation – Rodents often cause serious damage to insulation by compressing it or shredding it causing greatly reduced R-value and higher energy costs. Rats and mice also leave filth and contaminate areas of the structure. Have Cascade check your home today. …read more

Rodent Abatement
Cascade is also available for rat/rodent abatement—a process of rodent population containment when large structures or tracks of land are cleared for a new construction project. Rats are normally the major concern.

Dead Rat Removal / Odor Control
Cascade can also help with the “dirty job” of removing dead rats, rodents or other animal carcasses and smell/odor control. Unfortunately, rodents and other animals die in attics, wall voids or crawlspaces and create a horrible odor/smell and possible biohazard. We encounter dead mice; rats; other rodents such as squirrels, raccoons, opossum and birds. It’s mess for you and a dirty job for us, but we’re equipped to take it on. Your Cascade technician will remove the dead animal and depose of it. Removing the carcass alone drastically reduces the odor, however, other measures may be called for, both for odor reduction/control and sanitation (decontamination).

Special Note: Application of disinfectant by Cascade carries no warranty as to the elimination of germs and Cascade’s liability is strictly limited to reapplication should Cascade deem it necessary.

Cascade Rodent Control & Prevention – Your Solution to Rat & Mouse Infestation

Statement of Pest Control Liability. Pests—rodents, insects, etc.—are wild in nature, often secretive by nature, have sometimes evolved to live with or near humans, multiply rapidly, can endure harsh conditions, may cause harm to people (bites, stings, spread disease) and may damage property (wood structures, insulation, stored items, automobile systems). It is further understood that pest control measures are limited to what is both safe, cost effective and, in the case of pesticides and trapping methods, by strict regulations. Cascade Pest Control works within industry standards in methods and materials. Cascade’s liability is limited to what is stated on treatment and service agreements, and does not extend beyond retreatment.

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