Thurston County, Olympia Rat Control Situation:
Hello, I have a very old house in Olympia which I purchased not too long ago, but came with several other inhabitants. We've tried mousetraps and had no luck. There is quite a bit of excrement in my basement and the stairs leading to the basement. I don't go down there much myself, because it's an unfinished basement and I rarely have reason to, but I did go down recently and there are two dead mice on my basement floor. I have never been up to the attic, but I'm sure that is a problem as well. I now realize this is a problem bigger than my capabilities and it's now time to call in the professionals. Can you help me with the cleanup of the mice and their droppings, and sealing off their entry points? Thank you for your time, Tannia
Olympia Rat Control Tip of The Week
How Far And High Can A Rat Jump?
Jumping is a major part of many animals' survival instincts including rats. But in the case of these small rodents, they have a special way of using this particular survival instinct to their best advantage. One of the most common rats around, which is the brown rat, is known to be able to jump over four feet horizontally or in a downward slope and leap vertically to about 77 centimeters without hurting itself. This clearly shows how high rats can jump and how well they can suspend themselves in the air.
The jumping performance of rats depends mainly on their species because some rats are big while others have lighter bodies which tend to support agile movements. For instance, black rats with lean bodies are known to be able to leap over five feet. While brown rats with large body frames find it quite difficult to leap but do well at jumping downwards.
Another reason why some rats jump better than others is mainly because of their better survival instincts and hunting abilities. Rats in the wild are better at jumping than those in the suburban and urban areas. Therefore, you shouldn't expect the rats in your home to jump or leap that high.
Rats are naturally silent animals and will prefer to move around unnoticed. But in some cases, they make use of their jumping skills. One of the special cases in which they use their jumping skills is when they see a possible threat or a predator. They often use this to propel their speed and get away as soon as they can. Their speed and swift body movements are one of the ways they can stay alive and avoid been eaten by a predator.