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Rodent Control

Technician servicing a bait station

Have you seen rodent's and wondered, "Is that a rat, or a mouse and how do I tell the difference?"

In central Oregon we see a variety of rodents but the most commonly seen are the following:

House Mouse: a house mouse is small about 6 to 7 inches from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail. They have a rounder body, tiny feet, pointed nose and large ears and eyes.  The house mouse droppings are small with pointed ends like a grain of rice about a 1/4 inch in size.

 

Roof Rats: Larger in size these rats are approximately 13-17 inches from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail. They have large ears and eyes, pointed nose, larger feet and their tail is longer then the length of the head and body. Roof Rat droppings are larger with pointed ends about 1/2 inch in length.

Bushy Tailed Wood Rats: also known as a pack rat.  These rats share similar characteristics with the roof rat. The best way to tell which one is which look at the tail.  Pack rats have a shorter bushy tail vs the roof rats longer bald tail. 

Voles: Also known as a meadow or field mouse they are larger than the house mouse and most often confused with a rat.  Voles have a stocky body shape, short legs, and are lower to the ground. They have a short tail that has a thin layer of fur about half the size of their body, small ears that are very close to the body and a blunt nose.  They burrow underground and can cause significant damage to you gardens and lawn.

Inspection

When our technicians arrive at your home, they will want to talk with you about what you have seen and what your impressions of the rodent situation are. They will then inspect your home to assess the cause and best course of action to resolve the rodent infestaion.

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Exclusion

You want your home to be secure from rodents. If you have rodents in your home, it means they either got in through an open door, or more likely through an unknown opening on the structure of your home. We have many tools and methods to seal up rodent entry points into your home. We use steel, rodent foam and rodent caulk as some of our techniques. Our goal is to prevent further rodent incursions into your home.

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Baiting and Trapping

For eliminating the rodent population in your home, and for lowering the population near your home, we have many tools to work with. Part of the initial inspection is for us to be able to decide the best course for your home. We have baits, traps, tracking powders and more. We will find the correct places to use our products and work hard to get these issues resolved in a timely manner.

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Maintenance

The only thing worse than having gross mice and rats infest your home is having it happen again after you get them out. Rodents in the Bend area want to get into your warm home to nest, especially before and during the cold months and spring. They burrow, dig, chew, and squeeze their bodies into your home. As long as you stay on our quarterly program, we will fight to keep them out of your home and prevent a reinfestation.

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