The most common of the wild animal invasions is that of the rodent. Rodents pose a huge problem through the Willamette Valley, especially in wooded areas and densely populated urban areas. Field mice and rats have the potential to bring up to 35 different diseases into your home, and for homes with elderly residents or small children, rodent infestations are simply unacceptable. Mice and rats also contaminate homes with feces and urine, and can quickly make a home uninhabitable.
It is too often that severe rodent infestations are avoidable. That said, there are various ways these vermin can be introduced to your home. In Portland, development is on the rise. A formerly squalid home undergoing renovation could introduce rodents to your home, as could compost bins left uncovered and perhaps too near your back or side doors. Gaps in your home’s foundations will beckon rodents on frigid rainy nights, and once they’ve infiltrated your house, they will do everything in their power to remain there.
A few simple tips to avoid devastating mice and rat infestations include sealing any and all gaps or entrances to your home’s crawl space or basement, keeping compost and/or waste well covered and away from any entrances to the home and utilizing the professional services of Wildwoods at the first sign of rodent infestation.