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Portland’s Ultimate Rodent Prevention Guide

December 15, 2021

What Are The Different Types Of Rodents Found In Portland Homes?

It is important for all Portland homeowners to learn about the different types of rodents common to the area and what problems they can cause for you, your family, and your home. Rats and mice are the most common rodents that invade Portland homes, and while they share some similarities they are actually quite different from one another.

Mice are often dusty gray with cream bellies, grow up to almost four inches long, have a pointed muzzle, large ears, and a tail that is often as long as its body. Rats are brown with some black, have gray or white bellies, grow up to nine and a half inches long, have blunt muzzles, small ears, and a shorter hairless tail. Mice and rats can cause serious issues for Portland homeowners, but never at the same time. Both species of rodents are very territorial and do not coexist in the same space.

a mouse nursing her offspring

Is Your Portland Home At Risk Of A Rodent Infestation?

Rodents are relentless when it comes to home invasions, using any means necessary to gain access to your home. Often in search of food and water, rodents will stop at nothing to seek shelter in your home, including chewing their way inside. Mice can come into your home through a hole the size of a dime! It is important to inspect the exterior of your home regularly for cracks or holes where rodents can get in easily.

Once inside, rodents continue to chew their way through your home and your belongings while they search for food and water and create their nests. Mice and rats carry a variety of diseases such as leptospirosis, salmonellosis, tularemia, hantavirus, and rat-bite fever. In addition, the fleas that these rodents carry also spread diseases, making rodents one of the most dangerous pests to have in your home.

How To Prevent A Rodent Infestation In Your Portland Home

The first step in rodent prevention is knowing how and why rodents are attracted to your home. Could you be unknowingly inviting these destructive pests into your home? Read on for tips on how to prevent a rodent infestation in your Portland home.

  • Inspect the exterior of your home for areas where rodents could easily get inside. Seal up any cracks around pipes and wiring with silicone caulking.

  • Install caps on vents and chimneys.

  • Install weather stripping on doors and windows.

  • Inspect screens for holes and proper fit.

  • Keep outdoor and indoor eating areas clean from crumbs and food debris.

  • Keep food sealed in airtight containers, including pet food.

  • Keep trash cans tightly sealed.

  • Address moisture issues including clogged gutters, leaky pipes, and standing water on your property.

  • Eliminate clutter inside your home as well as around your property, garage, and storage sheds.

  • Call Kanga Pest Control at the first sign of a rodent infestation.

The Best Rodent Control Is Kanga Pest Control

The best way to get rid of rodents in your Portland home is with Kanga Pest Control. At Kanga Pest Control we offer a pest-free guarantee with every visit. If you find yourself with a rodent infestation don’t hesitate to call us immediately. Our trained professionals will inspect your home, decide the best course of treatment for your infestation, and apply quality treatments until your rodents are gone. Call us today to get rid of rodents at your Portland property.

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