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Get Rid of Rats – Now!

ProGuard Fast Facts: Rats

Scientific Name: rattus rattus (Roof rat) and

 rattus norvegicus (Norway rat)

  • Rattus rattus aka ship rat, roof rat, house rat. Tail is longer than the body which is slender. Big ears and eyes with a pointed snout. Typically 7 inches long, not including the tail which can add up to another 8.5 inches.
  • Rattus norvegicus aka Norway rat, street rat, sewer rat, wharf rat (among others). Tail is shorter than body which is typically stout. Small eyes and ears with a slanted snout. Can grow up to 18 inches long. The Norway rat is the larger of the 2 species.

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The ProGuard Pest Protection Difference

ProGuard Pest Protection has the experience, knowledge, equipment and skills necessary to successfully get rid of rats in Kirkland, Woodinville, Bothell, Bellevue, Issaquah and the general Eastside area. Locating the access point is the first step in winning the fight against rats in your home. Then, your licensed technician knows where to look and how to seal up the access points, using durable material that is also aesthetic. In most cases, cleaning out and replacing soiled insulation is the third important step as this removes urine-soaked and dropping-covered insulation that stinks and contains rat pheromones that attracts other rats. Lastly but most importantly, ongoing preventative service through ProGuard Pest Protection is highly recommended.

Through this routine service not only will your home be protected from rats and mice, but other pests such as ants, spiders, yellowjackets and more. 

Return to our service options or call ProGuard Pest Protection now at 425-445-8020 to schedule a rodent inspection

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Successful Rodent Control Is A Phone Call Away

       Rats are all around us, regardless of the neighborhood, home value or age of the home. Rats can carry an astonishing amount of pathogens and spread disease, including bubonic plague, hantavirus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis and rat-bite fever to name a few. Construction can increase rodent activity, so much so that in recent years the Seattle area has ranked higher and higher in nationwide reports of rodent activity. So how do you get rid of rats if you see, hear or smell them in your home? Read on to learn more about warning signs of these local pests, how ProGuard Pest Protection gets rid of rats, and things that you as a homeowner can do to reduce the likelihood of having a rat infestation. Of course, the fastest path to successfully ridding your home of rats is to call 425-445-8020 now to book a rodent inspection, treatment and ongoing protection.

Knowledge is Key

       In order to be successful in preventing rats from getting into your home and keeping mice out as well, it is important to know about the rodent behavior, lifecycle, food sources and habits. Kirkland, Woodinville, Bothell, Mercer Island and the surrounding Eastside all have high rodent populations. This is due to the amount of wooded area as well as abundant water source, combined with our mild winters that allow for a strong reproductive cycle.

       The brown rat, rattus norvegicus, has followed humans across land, oceans, islands and continents. They are highly successful in evolving to urban environments, and are arguably the most successful mammal on the planet alongside humans. The smaller of the two species, the black rat is often referred to as “roof rat” as it has a tendency to find shelter in the upper parts of a building such as the attic void or wall voids.

       The life cycle is about the same for the brown or black rat. In the wild, adult rats typically live for about a year, although some cases have been observed to live as long as 3 years. This is often due to predation and interspecies conflict. Amazingly, females can reach breeding age within 2 quick months but usually reproduction starts at around month 5 or 6. Once pregnant, the gestation period lasts about 21-25 days and a female rat can produce between 6 and 13 offspring per litter. …and 5 to 10 litters per year. That is an incredible population boom of 30 to 130 rats per year from a single female!

       Because of the potential rat population explosion that can happen in your home, warning signs cannot be ignored. If you hear scratching sounds in the attic or in your wall, hear squeaking or get a foul smell, you know you have a more serious problem – because where there’s one rat, there’s often multiple rats. That’s when you should call Pro-Guard Pest Protection at 425-445-8020 to get a rodent inspection and rat service.

      Rats have a full skeletal system that is uniquely evolved. Unlike the human skeletal structure, the rodent rib cage collapses to allow the rat to squeeze through impossibly small holes, as small as a quarter. Rats will often burrow under structures, and will develop an underground series of tunnels and nesting rooms. Because of their extensive and constant foraging and gnawing habit, rats can cause structural damage, contaminate insulation, damage automobile engine compartments and interior, and also chew through wiring and have been the cause of electrical fires.

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So What Is A Homeowner To Do?

       There are a few things that homeowners can do that can reduce the likelihood of an infestation, but there really are no guaranteed, fool-proof solutions as rodents are biologically evolved to survive and thrive in our increasingly urban environment.

Ultrasonic mouse and rat repellant devices are advertised all over the internet, but the majority of the reviews and professional opinion is that they are ineffective. Scented chips and other odor-based repellents also have not proven out to be a reliable method of evicting rats and preventing an infestation. Some sites suggest the use of mothballs, plastic snakes and even the “strategic placement of owl feathers”, but no professional pest company would rely on these questionable tactics. Instead, homeowners can use these trusted tips to prevent rats from entering your home:

  • Secure trash bins and consider metal: rats have immense bite pressure and can chew through plastic bins. Ensure that the lids are secured with straps or fold-back handles. If using plastic bins, inspect them regularly for chew marks and replace them when holes are made.
  • Properly store pet food and bird seed: pet food and bird seed present easy food sources for hungry rats around your home. Use glass or metal containers that are snugly sealed will keep the food fresh as well as reduce enticing odors from escaping.
  • Pick up fallen fruit: Fruit trees can drop fruit if not regularly harvested. Apples, plums, cherries and other northwest fruit are delicious and can attract rats, mice, birds, raccoons and other nuisance pests if left on the ground to rot.
  • Gardening sheds/supplies: Rats can eat law seed, flower bulbs and roots, and even bone meal used for fertilizer. Keep these potential food sources secure in the same fashion as pet food and bird seed.
  •  Check the crawl space vents for damage or holes. If any are found, a temporary solution is to fill the void with steel wool. Then call the pros at ProGuard Pest Protection at 425-445-8020.

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