Portland Pest Control Experts Keeping Your Home Rat Free!
Whether you’re a new family or you’ve been around a while, we know the last thing you want to worry about is rats!
Throughout Portland, it’s unfortunately easy to find rats. Species such as the Norway rat and the roof rat are common and known to cause damage to homes and businesses alike. To eradicate these pesky critters, you need an expert rat exterminator. All Pest Control can help.
Signs of a Rat Infestation
There are plenty of signs to look out for that point to a rat problem. Some of the most common signs include:
- Sounds: You may hear light shuffling or soft scratching in your walls, ceiling or crawlspace. These sounds can occur at any time during the day.
- Droppings and urine: Rat droppings look like black pellets and range in size from ½” to ¾” in length. You may also see rat urine, which is oily with a musty smell.
- Smells: If your infestation is moderate, you may start to smell the feces and urine left behind. It’s often an overwhelmingly musty, slightly ammonia-like smell.
- Claw and chew marks: You may notice claw or chew marks on walls near baseboards or on paper boxes and bags. Some rats will also chew through your exterior walls, especially in places where there’s an entry hole, such as holes in siding and holes for electrical cables.
How Do I Get Rid of Rats?
There isn’t one single method for exterminating rats. In fact, it’s best to call a pest control specialist who can come and take a look first to determine an extermination plan. Different areas of your home such as your attic, crawlspace and walls may require different treatment methods.
Our team of exterminators first focuses on exclusion. We determine where rats are entering your home and fix that issue first. We’ll then determine the best next step, which could be trapping or baiting, depending on the size and location of the infestation.
DIY Extermination Is Dangerous
One of the most effective ways to rid your home of pests is poison. Yet, poison is poison. While baits and poison pose little threat when used by professionals, if you use them incorrectly, they could be harmful to you, your children and your pets.
You may be able to use a trap to catch a few rats. Yet, a long-term solution and complete eradication require an expert who knows how to make it happen.
Damage & Disease Caused by Rats
Rats are known to cause serious damage to homes and businesses. And unfortunately, they can also spread disease. For example, rats are known to spread hantavirus, salmonella, tularemia and even the bubonic plague virus. These diseases can be detrimental to your family’s health.
As for damage, rats are known to harm woodwork by gnawing and chewing. In crawlspaces and attics, they can rip up and destroy insulation, which can cost thousands to replace. And many fires are caused each year due to electrical wiring that’s been chewed through by rats and mice.
How We Eradicate Your Rat Problem for Good
At All Pest Control, our goal is the full extermination of rats. This means we do what it takes to exclude and exterminate the rat population in and around your home. Our methods include baiting and trapping, depending on the type of infestation. We’ll also schedule follow-up appointments to ensure we solve your rat problem completely.
The All Pest Control Difference
We’re a local company dedicated to keeping your home pest-free. We do so through professional service and a commitment to using greener, environmentally sensitive treatments. With many happy customers, you can trust us to do what’s best for your family and home, while ridding your home of pests for good.
“We are very happy with All Pest Control. We’ve been with them for almost 3 years and will continue. Josh has always been responsive to any needs that we have, has always contacted us when he’s on the way to our house and has always said ‘Call me if you need anything!’. Great customer service! Thanks guys!!!” —Jody, S.
Call Us for Expert Rat Extermination Today
If you suspect you have a rat problem, our extermination experts can help. To learn more about our services or to schedule your free estimate, give us a call at 503-744-5103 today.