There are few things that can bring out fear and loathing like a wild rat or mouse in the house. Sure some like them for pets, however the majority of the population would rather never see a rat or mouse in their life if they could. Their urine and feces are left behind on any uneaten food and can contaminate entire surplus supplies of food for pets, livestock, and humans. As omnivores, they will eat anything. They can fit through holes as small as 1 inch wide (about the size of a quarter), heating vents, toilets, and gaps anywhere electrical conduits, utility or air conditioning lines, or water pipes enter a building. Rats and mice begin breeding as soon as five weeks of age and continue until about age two. Females are fertile approximately every three weeks and can produce litters from 6 to 20 babies at a time. Their their teeth never stop growing, so in order to keep them from becoming too long rodents must constantly gnaw to wear down their teeth. Burrows may indicate the presence of rats or mice, but could also indicate other burrowing animals such chipmunks. To find out if the burrow is in current use, loosely fill it with soil or leaves and check it in a day or two to see if it has been reopened. Other signs of rodent activity are gnawed holes up to two inches wide in baseboards or at door frames, vents, and crawlspace openings.

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Rodents Identification


Realize if you have a rat - you have rats. Rats live in packs which some call a menace. They travel in straight lines, and often leave smudge marks from their body oils on walls. They also are not hygienic and often you will find urine and feces all over an area they have discovered. Sounds of movement in walls and attics means you have a pest problem. The family pet staring intently at a blank wall is also another good indicator you have an unwelcome guest. Rats can chew through anything practically - steel, soft concrete, wood, plastic, aluminum, and cinder blocks are no match for these rodents. Steel mesh appears to be one thing we know rats will not chew through as their teeth get tangled in it.


Mice are known to have a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail, and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. Other species we have here in the Pacific Northwest is the Deer Mouse and Field Mouse. Mice are primarily nocturnal, although some will occasionally forage during the day. They are ground dwellers, although some species are also agile climbers and leapers as well as capable swimmers. A few are specialized burrowers rarely seen above ground. Diet consists primarily of seeds and insects however once inside your home they eat nearly anything digestible.

Health Concerns

Rodents such as rats and mice are associated with a number of health risks. In fact, rats and mice are known to spread more than 35 diseases. These diseases can be spread to humans directly through handling of live or dead rodents, contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, and rodent bites. Rodent infections that can be transmitted to humans include leptospirosis, hantaviruses, rat bite fever, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV). Of course everyone also knows of the dreaded bubonic plague that can be spread from the fleas on rats.

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Rodents Control Methods

Rat Prevention

If you see rodent droppings in the house, it is time to call a pest control company. It is not advisable to handle it on your own, as there are serious side effects of mishandling bait and traps. Never free bait (throw bait around the yard) as other animals can get a hold of it! Modern Pest Control will complete an assessment of the property for entry points, repairs, and level of infestation. There will be rodent activity evaluation, baiting or trap setup. Price includes final return trip to pick up stations.

Ongoing Prevention

Once more we do not do contracts! We do have bi monthly programs if you wish to continue to keep your space rat free. Simple repairs will be provided by us for as part of the initial cost, other more extensive repairs will be discussed and quoted on site. After rodent control has been met a warranty will be available through our Bimonthly pest prevention plans. Any visits needed in-between scheduled visits will be free.