Tips On Rodent Control In Beaverton
We found a helpful resource on the Beaverton website. It has many helpful tips about rodent infestation and prevention.
Here are some of the useful tips from that page:
Common, Local Types of Rodents
The House Mouse (Mus Musculus) is light to dark brown, with prominent ears and eyes. Adults leave rod-shaped droppings approximately an eighth of an inch long. Their life span is six months to a year, with an average of eight litters of five to six “pups” per litter. The house mouse lives in walls, cabinets, subfloors, crawl spaces, and furniture, usually within thirty feet of food source. It will eat any food but prefers grain. Habitual gnawers and collectors of nesting material, mice are generally curious.
The Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) is heavyset, light brown to almost black. Droppings are capsule-shaped, about three-quarters of an inch long. Norway Rats live about one year and have about six to twelve pups per litter, up to seven litters per year. Rats burrow in the ground, under buildings and rubbish, usually living within 150 feet of food and water. They feed habitually on familiar food and are cautious of new items or new food.
Roof Rats (Rattus Rattus) are somewhat smaller and more agile climbers than Norway Rats. They have a slender body, prominent ears, and large eyes. The life span for Roof Rats is one year, averaging around six to eight pups about five times throughout the year.
Remove Their Shelter
Read the full resource here: https://www.beavertonoregon.gov/1086/Rodent-Infestation-Prevention
- An old shed or auto is an invitation to rats. Repair or remove them.
- Rats can jump up to 3 feet and climb wires and pipes. Be sure to seal any openings to the house, even above ground level.
- Keep windows and doors screened. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime!
- Store lumber and firewood well off the ground.
- Repair any breaks in the sewer line which connects your home to the main sewer system.