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Rat control & Extermination in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Medina, Kent, Mercer Island, Smammish, Woodinville, Renton & Eastside, WA

Ampm Exterminators provides rat control & extermination services in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Medina, Kent, Mercer Island, Smammish, Woodinville, Renton & Eastside, WA. Rats are categorized into various types:

House Mouse

Adults are about 5.25-7.5 inches with the tail. The tail can take up 2.75-4 inches, relative to the size of the mouse. The fur is smooth and usually dusty gray above and light gray or cream on the belly. The color will vary considerably from area to area regardless of living habits. The muzzle is pointed, eyes are small, incisors are ungrooved, ears are large with very little hair on them, feet short and broad, and a uniformly dark, scaly, semi-naked tail.

Norway Rat

Adults are about 7-18 inches in length, the head and body uses up 7-9.5 inches of that length. The any where from a half pound to a pound. Their hair is course, shaggy, brown with scattered black hairs. The underside it grey to yellowish white. The muzzle is blunt, eyes are small, and the ears are small and densely covered with short hairs. The tail is bicolored and scaley.

Mice will most commonly enter the attic, walls or crawlspace in the fall because there is a scarcity of seeds and plants outside. Mice are mostly nocturnal, so you won’t see them out much during the day. They usually start to become active around dusk, when they go looking for food and water. If there are a lot of mice in your storage room, attic, or kitchen, some mice may venture out to find food during the day.

Female mice are only pregnant for about three weeks, and then they have a litter of five to six babies. Though the hairless babies look very helpless, they grow up fast—they’ll be independent in about a month. The average mouse female has five to ten litters a year. You can see how one or two mice in the attic or walls can become 20 in no time.

House mice will usually travel no more than 10 to 30 feet from their nests to find food or water. White-footed and deer mice travel much farther, often several acres. Because of this limited range, mice control can be much more difficult to control than rats, which travel greater distances.

Norway and Roof Rats

Ampm offers rat extermination services in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Medina, Kent, Mercer Island, Smammish, Woodinville, Renton & Eastside, WA. Rats are some of the most troublesome and damaging rodents in seattle and eastside side areas. They consume and contaminate food, damage structures and property, and transmit parasites and diseases to other animals and humans. Rats live and thrive under a wide variety of climates and conditions; they are often found in and around homes and other buildings, farms, gardens, and open fields. People do not often see rats, but signs of their presence are easy to detect. In seattle, the most troublesome rats are two introduced species: the roof rat and the Norway rat. It is important to know which species of rat is present in order to place traps or baits in the most effective locations. Norway rats, sometimes called brown or sewer rats, are stocky burrowing rodents that are larger than roof rats. Their burrows are found along building foundations, beneath rubbish or woodpiles, and in moist areas in and around gardens and fields. Nests may be lined with shredded paper, cloth, or other fibrous material. When Norway rats invade buildings, they usually remain in the basement or ground floor. The Norway rat occurs throughout the seattle areas. Generally it is founds at lower elevations but may occur wherever people live. Roof Rats. Roof rats  sometimes called black rats, are slightly smaller than Norway rats. Unlike Norway rats, their tails are longer than their heads and bodies combined. Roof rats are very agile climbers and usually live and nest above ground in shrubs, trees, and dense vegetation such as ivy. In buildings, they are most often found in enclosed or elevated spaces in attics, walls, false ceilings, and cabinets. The roof rat has a more limited geographical range than the Norway rat, preferring ocean-influenced, warmer climates. In areas where the roof rat occurs, the Norway rat may also be present. If you are unsure of the species, look for rats at night with a strong flashlight or trap a few. 

Norway | Roof Rat Damage Prevention and Control QA around Homes and commerical Structures

Q: How can I keep rats out of my house?

Identify any and all openings a ¼" in size  need to be 'rodent-proofed. This is large enough for a mouse to get in. Although it is difficult to mouse-proof a house, any rodent-proofing measures taken are helpful. If you can find the interior entry point used by mice  then seal the opening as soon as possible.

Rodents that have become dependent on humans to survive, can be one of the most  household pest problems. Whether you’ve got mice inside your house, or Norway rats coming in through ground-level openings, or roof rats accessing your home through openings higher up on the structure,
Ensure that all garbage, food products  are properly disposed and or stored and that all areas, inside and out, are kept clean  if there are no food sources, rats and mice will likely seek other areas.

Q: If I have a rat problem, can I just place rat poison around my house?

Generally speaking the answer is no. You must read and follow the instructions on the package. You can only place bait where Norway rats or house mice can eat it. If outside the house, this usually means either a tamper-resistant bait box or in a locked, securable area like a crawlspace area of the house.

Q:Does a vacant house attract rats?

No. Rats need a continuous source of food. If there is no food source then the rats will move on. Typically, there is no source of food in abandoned houses. High grass and overgrown vegetation do not cause rats. These areas may be home to wildlife in general. Items such as junk vehicles, woodpiles, discarded furniture and appliances also do not cause rat problems although they may use it as harborage if there is food nearby.

Q: Why do the rats dig holes (burrows)?

Rats, particularly Norway rats, will dig regularly and they use these burrows as homes. They dig out an area underground creating space to live, feed, breed, etc. These burrows are rarely underground tunnels that surface elsewhere on the property although they may have an escape hole. Multiple openings usually means that there are two or more separate burrows and subsequently colonies or populations.

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