Fall is a great time of year. The weather is mild and the leaves are changing colors but don’t get caught basking in the ambiance for too long, because it’s during this time of year when rodents are scouting for a nice warm place to spend winter. And if you aren’t prepared, these pests could be the visitors you never wanted.
Fortunately, United Pest Solutions is here for you. In this blog post, we’ll talk about the dangers of rodents, and how you can help prevent an infestation.
Common Rodents in Bellevue WA
Curious what kind of rodents we have? Below is a list of the most common rodents you may encounter in the Bellevue area.
Deer mice: Deer mice are about 7 inches in length and typically two-toned. They’re also skilled at running and jumping.
House mice: House mice are generally gray or light brown and about 5 inches in length. They’re not skilled at running and jumping
Norway rats: Norway rats are the largest rats in the Pacific Northwest. Their color can range from grayish-brown to reddish-brown. They’re mostly active at night and commonly found in crawlspaces.
Roof rats: Roof rats have a longer tail than the Norway rat. They’re also more agile. Roof rats are skilled climbers that are also nocturnal. They commonly nest in attics, ceilings, trees, and along rooflines.
Squirrels: Squirrels are a very common wildlife animal but they can be a nuisance if they get stuck in your attic or walls. Like their rodent cousins, squirrels can also damage your property.
The Dangers of Rodents
Rodents can present several issues for homeowners and businesses. They can damage your property and belongings, burrow in furniture and walls, and even cause water leaks. Rodents can also cause safety concerns if they chew through electrical wires. In fact, about 25 percent of house fires with undetermined causes are presumed to be from rodents.
There are also health concerns with rodents. In addition to triggering allergy symptoms and spreading fleas, rodents can also transmit Salmonella, Rate Bite Fever, Hantavirus, Bubonic Plague, and more.
Rodents are small and very clever. Plus they can fit into the smallest of openings. So how do you prevent them? Begin outside of your home.
- Seal cracks and holes outside of your home, including where utilities enter
- Maintain lawn and landscaping
- Ensure tree branches aren’t touching your roof
- Keep your trash cans tightly closed
- Store pet food properly
- Add door sweeps to the bottom of your doors
- Screen your chimney
- Screen vents
- Repair damaged window screens
- Eliminate clutter
- Perform rodent inspections
Have a Rodent Problem?
These tips should help prevent a rodent infestation, but if you do find a rodent in your home, or want help deterring pests, contact United Pest Solutions. We’re experts in all pests including rodents. We’ll help you with any pest issues you’re having so you can get back to enjoying life pest-free!