Rodent Control is serious business. Rodent populations grow quickly and steadily and are known carriers of many diseases that can prove to be health hazards to humans. In fact, they play a pivotal role in the spread of disease. Around the world they are known to spread at least 35 diseases through bites, saliva, direct contact or through their droppings. Controlling these vermin is a serious business that requires determination and care. Rodent infestations can also cause considerable damage to infested buildings and local agriculture.
Bugs Northwest will trap and remove these pests from your home as well as securing the areas to prevent the rodents from re-entry. We also offer a rodent tracking service to make sure all points of entry are found. Once sealed up, the rodents are forced to find homes elsewhere.
Rodent control is best begun prior to infestations. In order to protect your home, garden and health from existing rodent problems, professional, customized extermination methods are often necessary.
Unified efforts on the part of neighbors can prove extremely effective in preventing rodent infestations. Within apartment buildings and neighborhoods, coordination of prevention measures may include cleaning efforts and landscape alteration. Areas that are brushy, thick with clutter, piles of trash or garbage, wood piles and isolated areas can be perfect breeding grounds. Rodents generally have a poor sense of vision, but they have acute sense of smell, touch, and taste. They tend to gnaw through any material that is softer than their enamel, and they are generally good climbers, jumpers, swimmers and burrowers.
On an individual level, homes can be rodent-proofed through identifying and sealing as many possible entry points.
Placing poison in the attic and sub area. We advise against this as rats may die inside your attic, sub area and even inside your walls! The smell of a decomposing rat is not pleasant and retrieving and removing it can end up being more costly that calling a professional in the first place.
Not understanding the importance of a sealed up house. You can trap and bait all you want, but if you haven't sealed up your home to exclude rats, insects and other critters, they're going to keep coming back.
Underestimating the intelligence of a rat. Rats are pretty smart. You need to know how to bait your traps and where to set them. Older rats will figure you out, so do your research. Place traps in their “runs” and be consistent. You can place multiple traps out, but if you don't do it correctly - those traps can add up, costing you money and time.
Opossums: Possums are everywhere in Oregon. These marsupials are usually gentle and slow. However, several aspects of their behavior bring them into conflict with people. First of all, as scavengers, they frequently get into people’s pet food and garbage. Secondly, they frequently enter attics here in Oregon - and once inside, they really make a mess! Third, they don’t live very long, and they seem to prefer to die inside an attic or wall or under a house.
Rats and Mice: Rats and mice are another common problem. They usually enter merely for warmth and shelter, but also for food. Once inside, they make a lot of scurrying and scratching noises, they will chew on wires, defecate and urinate everywhere, and often enter the home and raid the pantry. They are nocturnal, and amazingly fast and agile.
Moles and Gophers: Talk about destroying a manicured yard or productive garden! These creatures are subterranean and dig a network of tunnels and even chambers underground. They dig through the soil with their powerful claws, and people often object to the surface tunnels that they create - including the numerous feeding tunnels that they dig while searching out earthworms, grubs, and other insects.
Squirrels: Possibly the “classic” and most common nuisance species throughout North America, and Southern Oregon is no exception. Squirrels are incredibly agile and simply love to live inside the attics of people’s homes and will chew their way to get inside. Squirrels have two litters of young per year, and prefer to raise them in a safe place, such as your attic. Once inside, these rodents, like all rodents, will often chew on wood and wires up there.