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Rodent Control in Beaverton, Portland, Vancouver & Surrounding Areas

Put a HALT! to Rat, Mice & Rodent Infestations & Problems

Rats, mice, and other rodents are insidious pests that not only can cause damage to your home, but pose a serious health threat to you, your family, pets, and clients and employees. Working with a trained professional to manage your rodent issues – from identifying the source to removing dead pests – can provide a peace of mind and a level of effectiveness that do-it-yourself methods simply cannot deliver.

Fortunately, Halt Pest Control can help. Call us today at (503) 822-6555. From offices in Beaverton, we serve home and business owners across Portland, Lake Oswego, Vancouver, WA, and all surrounding areas.

Common Pests in Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington

In our area, there are a number of rodent species that tend to cause problems for property owners. Our exterminators are well-versed in their behavior and biology in order to provide personalized solutions tailored to your unique problem.

Turn to us if you need help getting rid of any of the following:

  • Norway rats
  • Roof rats
  • House mice

Rodent Control Methods

The first step to effective mouse and rat control is sanitation. When talking about rodent control, this means more than tidying up. It means systematically depriving pests of food, harborage, and nesting materials.

Droppings and spilled food should be quickly cleaned up. To avoid illness, this must be done very carefully. Mouse droppings and other by-products may contain pathogens and parasites, so make sure you do not touch them with your bare hands. In addition, because pathogens are microscopic, you shouldn’t vacuum droppings and other contaminated items with an ordinary vacuum cleaner, as this may just cause them to become airborne.

A better solution is to spray the droppings and nesting material with a non-aerosol, pump-type disinfectant spray, let them dry, and then remove them. Almost any high-quality disinfectant can be used or you can make a mixture of 12 parts water to 1 part household bleach and spray it on the contaminated areas using a pump-type sprayer. Most importantly, always wear rubber gloves and wash your hands carefully after working with either rodent by-products or chemicals.

Exclusion

The next step in rodent control is exclusion. This means making structural changes, such as caulking, sealing, or installing door sweeps, to keep mice and rats out of the building. Since mice can squeeze through any hole as big as your little finger, or through a crack the width of a pencil, exclusion can be a daunting job. It is, however, essential to long-term rodent control.

Trapping Mice

Whenever possible, we recommend trapping rodents rather than poisoning them. Trapping produces faster results and avoids the risks associated with chemical rodenticides. It also eliminates the risk of a poisoned mouse dying in a wall or other inaccessible area. Mice that die in areas from which they cannot be retrieved can cause odor problems and serve as a breeding area for flies. Their displaced ectoparasites will also look for new hosts and may infest people or domestic animals.

Some of the more common types of mousetraps in use today include:

  • Snap traps: The oldest and most commonly-used trap, a “snap trap” is baited with food such as peanut butter, dried fruit, or jelly beans. Contrary to popular belief, cheese is not a very good mouse bait. Snap traps are placed perpendicular to a wall or vertical surface along mouse runways or areas where droppings have been found, with the trigger end against the wall.
  • Multiple-catch mousetraps: Windup, multiple-catch mousetraps are best placed along runways. Rodents are naturally inquisitive and will enter the hole as they pass by. They then step on a pedal and are flipped by a paddle-wheel device into a holding chamber. Usually they are not injured in the process.
  • Electronic mouse traps: A more high-tech twist on the multiple-catch mousetrap is an electronic mouse trap. This trap kills 40 to 50 mice with one set of batteries, using no chemicals. These traps are especially useful for mouse control in unattended places like camps, bungalows, cabins, sheds, and more.
  • Sticky traps: “Glueboard” traps are cardboard or plastic trays covered with a sticky glue. They are placed along rodent runways and are most effective in dry, clean, room-temperature areas. They must be changed frequently, as accumulated dust and debris on the traps will render them ineffective. Many people object to glue traps as being inhumane and they are even illegal in some countries. Trapped mice sometimes squeal helplessly for hours or days before they die. If this bothers you, don’t use them.
  • Humane mousetraps: A number of companies manufacture humane mouse traps that are designed to trap mice alive and unharmed so they may be relocated elsewhere. Humane traps are an option for those who feel bad about killing rodents, but who nonetheless prefer not sharing their homes with them. In some locations, however, releasing trapped mice may be illegal. Humane traps need to be checked frequently so trapped rodents do not starve to death and care must be taken when handling the traps to avoid disease.

Chemical Mouse Control (Poisoning)

Controlling mice and rats with rodenticides is usually unnecessary and has a number of disadvantages. Poison baits designed to kill mice are often toxic if the bait is ingested. Many domestic pets, other non-target animals, and some humans, are accidentally poisoned by rodenticides every year. Some, but not all, rodenticides also exhibit secondary toxicity. This means that the rodent itself becomes toxic. If another animal (like a dog or cat) eats the mouse or its carcass, that animal can be poisoned by the rodenticide in the mouse’s body.

Aside from the toxic risks associated with rodenticides, there is also the risk of poisoned mice dying inside walls or other inaccessible spaces. This can happen even when the poison is set outside the building, as it may take as long as a week for mice or rats to die after eating certain poison baits.

This is why our Beaverton pest control experts try non-chemical control methods first, and use poisons only when necessary.

Proper Selection & Use of Rodenticides

When a rodenticide bait is necessary, parrafinized anticoagulant baits, which contain the active ingredient bromadialone, are recommended. Bromadialone should only be applied by a professional pest control technician.

Rodenticides in general should be used inside tamper-resistant bait stations to protect children and non-target animals from accidental ingestion and keep the bait fresh and clean. Once inside the station, mice feel more secure and are more likely to feed freely, making the bait station more effective than simply using exposed bait in trays.

Poisoning should only be looked upon as only a small part of an overall rodent control program. Sanitation, harborage reduction, and exclusion are the real keys to long-lasting protection against rodents.

Delivering Pest Control Solutions When You Need Them

Halt Pest Control is committed to providing personalized solutions. Our friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced Beaverton technicians are committed to building relationships with our clients throughout Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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