Rodent Control in Ellensburg & Surrounding Towns

There was a time when “pest control” was a standard treatment given to every customer. Every house got the same spray in the same places: Corners, baseboards, vents and a few other spots. The pest company didn’t know any better, and neither did the customers. The bugs and rodents were probably laughing at them.

When I go into houses in the Ellensburg area that have been treated like that, it’s obvious that it wasn’t doing as much good as it could have. For really good pest control, you’ve got to get into the crawl spaces, attic and all the other unseen areas. If you only spray where you can see, you’re just training the pests not to go there. They find other routes through your house and resume business as usual. The hidden areas of these homes are filled with termite-eaten wood and all the trash, shredded insulation, pine cones and other things rodents bring.

We sometimes find more than one problem because insects love to nest in that trash. Squirrel trash in your attic can be infested with ants, bees and other little crawlies. The reason they’re there is that the squirrels and mice fixed the place up so nice for them.

The homeowner doesn’t know a thing until a lot of damage has been done. You may actually start to hear bees buzzing in your walls, or you may find small, mysterious piles of sawdust in odd places. That dust is left by burrowing insects like carpenter ants or bees, and they’re eating your house. In the old days, they would get fat and healthy at your expense.

Today, we try harder and better. We use a technique called Integrated Pest management to inspect your home regularly, make recommendations and formulate a long-term plan to keep your house pest-free. Give us a call for a free quote, and we’ll stop that laughing in your walls.

Learn More About Rats and Mice

Rats

Rats

Rats are medium-sized to large rodents with long tails that are commonly hairless and scaly. Like mice, these rodents are also found throughout the world, in varying environments. They are also nocturnal in nature. However, rats may grow to be as long as 40 cm or more and weigh considerably more than mice. Their coats are white, gray, brown or black in color and are often soiled enough to leave grease marks on touched surfaces. The snout of the rat is more blunt than that of the mouse.

Living and Breeding

  • Rats will eat nearly anything, but they prefer fresh grain and meat.

  • Rats need 1/2 to 1 ounce of fluid each day. If they don't get this in the food they eat, they have to find water.

  • Unlike mice, which rarely burrow, rats will dig under buildings, along fences, and under plants and debris.

  • A female rat can have 6 litters of up to 12 young per year. These 70+ rats can start to breed when by the time they are 3 months old.

  • Rats breed primarily in the spring.

  • Rats can live up to 1-1/2 years.

Rat Movement

  • Rats can enter a building through a hole as small as 1/2 inch in diameter.

  • They are strong swimmers, so, yes, it's true that rats will live in sewers and can enter buildings through broken drains or toilets.

  • A rat will climb to get to food, water, or shelter.

  • They will follow regular routines and paths each day. If new objects are set in its path, it will do whatever it can to avoid it.

  • Rats usually stay within 300 feet of their nest or burrow.

Rat Facts

  • Signs of rat presence are droppings, gnawing, tracks, runways and burrows.

  • They are strong swimmers, so, yes, it's true that rats will live in sewers and can enter buildings through broken drains or toilets.

  • Like mice, rats are nocturnal, have very poor eyesight, and have very strong senses of small, taste and hearing.

  • Compared to mice, rats are much larger, have coarser fur, and have proportionately larger heads and feet.

  • The most common rat species in the U.S. are the Norway rat and the roof rat. These two do not get along, and will fight each other to the death. The Norway rat usually wins.

  • But, because the Norway rat tends to live in lower floors of buildings and roof rats in the upper floors, they can both infest the same building at one time.

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Mice

Mice

House mice measure 12 to 20 cm in length, including the tail, and weigh 12 to 30 grams. They may be white, brown or grey in color. Their snouts are triangular and feature long whiskers. Mice have large, floppy ears and long, thin, hairy tails. These rodents can be found throughout the world in a variety of climates and environments. They can live up to six years in captivity though most naturally live less than a year. Mice are nocturnal, timid, social and territorial in nature.

Living and Breeding

  • Mice prefer to eat cereal grains and plants, but they will feed on almost anything.

  • A mouse will build its nest in a hidden area near a food source. It will use just about any soft material or finely shredded paper.

  • In 1 year, 1 female mouse can breed up to 10 litters of 5 to 6 young - That's up to 5 dozen baby mice in one year!

  • AND - those 60 offspring can begin to reproduce themselves in as little as 6 weeks.

  • Mice usually live about 9 to 12 months (unless we catch them first!).

Mice Movement

  • Mice can stand up on their hind legs - supported by their tails. They do this to eat, fight, or simply figure out where they are.

  • Mice are excellent jumpers, swimmers, and climbers - they can even climb up rough, vertical surfaces.

  • They are fast runners. Moving on all four legs, they hold their tail up straight for balance. But if they are frightened - they just run straight out!

  • The mouse is nocturnal - it is most active from dusk til dawn. They don't like bright lights, but will sometimes come out during the day looking for food or if their nest is disturbed.

  • It can slip through 1/4-inch holes and gaps - much smaller than appears possible.

  • The mouse can jump 13 inches high and run along wires, cables, and ropes.

Mouse Facts

  • The House Mouse is considered one of the top 100 "World's Worst" Invaders.

  • Mice are afraid of rats! This is because rats will kill and eat mice. Because of this, rat odor can be a strong deterrent to mice and affect their behavior.

  • Mice, themselves, have a musky odor.

  • They are color blind, but their other senses -- hearing, smell, taste, and touch -- are very keen.

  • Mice can be found indoors and outdoors, in cities and rural areas.

  • Signs of mice presence include: droppings, gnawing and tracks.

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