Rats Are In Seattle

When we see mice or other rodents, like rats or chipmunks, out in our Pacific Northwest forest, we think they are cute. They are definitely not cute when we find them in our homes. Unfortunately, rodent issues are fairly common in the Seattle area.

When the weather starts to cool down, rodents go looking for food and shelter for the winter. Rodents like to chew on wood and electrical wires, which increases the fire danger behind your walls, in the attic, and under the floors. Rodents can also do other damage to your home. Getting inside isn’t a problem for them. Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter.  Mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime. And if the rodents can’t find an opening, they will often make their own by chewing their way inside.

According to Orkin, a pest control company,  Chicago tops the chart for rodents problems, however, Seattle – Tacoma area is listed in the top 10.

Orkin: These are the top 50 rattiest cities in America

  1. Chicago
  2. New York
  3. Los Angeles
  4. San Francisco – Oakland
  5. Washington, DC
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Detroit
  8. Baltimore
  9. Seattle – Tacoma
  10. Dallas – Ft. Worth
  11. Denver
  12. Minneapolis – St. Paul
  13. Cleveland – Akron
  14. Atlanta
  15. Boston
  16. Hartford – New Haven
  17. Portland, OR
  18. Miami – Ft. Lauderdale
  19. Indianapolis
  20. Houston
  21. Milwaukee
  22. Pittsburgh
  23. New Orleans
  24. Cincinnati
  25. Richmond – Petersburg
  26. Sacramento – Stockton
  27. Kansas City
  28. Charlotte
  29. Norfolk – Portsmouth – Newport News
  30. Buffalo
  31. Columbus, OH
  32. St. Louis
  33. Raleigh – Durham
  34. Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo
  35. San Diego
  36. Albany – Schenectady
  37. San Antonio
  38. Tampa – St. Petersburg
  39. Rochester, NY
  40. Nashville
  41. Champaign – Springfield – Decatur
  42. Greenville – Spartanburg
  43. Memphis
  44. Phoenix
  45. Syracuse
  46. West Palm Beach
  47. Orlando – Daytona Beach
  48. Madison
  49. Flint – Saginaw
  50. Green Bay – Appleton

Does the thought of sharing your home with uninvited guests make your shutter. It probably should. In addition to potential damage to your wood and wiring, rodents can also carry diseases with them. However, there are some precautions you can take to help keep them outside.

As part of your routine maintenance of your home, take note both inside and outside for rodent droppings, burrows and rub marks along baseboards and walls. Also, look for possible entry points outside the home and seal cracks and holes as you find them. Rodents prefer spaces that are hidden, dark, warm and difficult to reach. Cut back trees and bushes to at least three feet away from your home to avoid giving rodents a starting point to access the gutters, roof or other hidden openings. Installing weather striping around entryways to help block rodents from sneaking inside, as well as keeping your home more comfortable. Use plastic storage containers or metal tins to store food instead of plastic bags, which are easily chewed through. Keeping you home clean and wiping up crumbs and spills immediately will help avoid attracting rodents.

If you find that your home is being shared by unwanted guests, Guardian Pest Control can help. Our pests control specialists can quickly solve any pests issues you may have.

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