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Keeping Rodents Out of Your Crawlspace

Posted July 9, 2015
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Rodents are more than just a seasonal nuisance—not only can they damage your house and chew through wires, but they can also carry dangerous bacteria and viruses. If you hear clawing or scratching in your walls or ceilings, find rodent droppings in your house, or spot footprints in dusty locations, your house might be infested with rodents.

The wet weather of our Washington State provides ideal conditions for rodents to breed. In cold and rainy seasons, rodents seek warmth and shelter inside houses. But it isn’t just the weather that prompts mice and rats to infest your house. Rodents are also attracted by fallen fruit, outdoor pet food, compost, dog feces, and birdfeeders. Also worth noting that rodents, depending on the species, can produce between 4 and 10 litters of 3 to 12 young each year. As such, rodent reproduction habits can quickly populate your house or crawl space.

Since rodents can squeeze through spaces several times smaller than their bodies, it’s important to keep your house in top condition with minimal access points. Speak to Seattle crawl space professionals for more information about protecting your home. It’s critical to take precautionary rodent exclusion services in order to prevent future infestations, be it by filling sewage and water lines with concrete or by seal openings near pipes, cables, and wire that rodents could squeeze through.