King County, Seattle Rat Control Situation:
I have been living in my apartment for a year now, and while it is a consistent day to day problem, rats running around the attic and climbing through the walls has been a problem throughout this year. I have asked my landlord for help, and unfortunately received nothing. So my question to you is, how can I, an average college student, find affordble resources to keep the raccoons out of my home? Thanks, Chris
IMaybe call the department of health citing the risks of rat disease or inform your landlord that the rats are likely to severely damage his property and maybe he'll get off his cheap ass and do something about it.
Thank you for the tips, I've already talked to my landlord about the possible (at and this point likely) damage, but I will definitely look into the department of health. Huge Thanks Chris
have been dealing with a rodent in my attic, wall, floor, ceiling for two years. I've paid over $600.00 to eliminate em pest control and they can't find out how the rodent is getting in. I'm at the point of giving up my house because I don't know what it is. It move periodically in the day time and a couple of other times thought out the day. Help I'm desperate. have one rat in attic that enters through vent,and sits on shelf area behind vent.have heard it in this area,and have sprayed what i had on hand some wasp killing spray which reaches the are from the ground. set a trap at base of house where this varmit climbs up to get to the vent. for the last few days i have not heard the rat or seen it? could it be that it left,or is it quiet because of babies.this is not the time of the year for babies which is around july or aug and in the winter right?
Hi David: I think you have a great site and have found it very helpful. I have rats coming into my house and had someone come out to look at it today and they pointed out several areas where rats are coming into the house. There is access through the AC vent, a few weepholes and possibly the mushroom vent on top of the house. They quoted $1,200 -1,400 to do that work to seal off the house and do the trapping. Does that sound reasonable? Do you have any companies in Seattle that you recommend. I have no doubt that the exclusion work sealing off the house is the way to go for a permanent solution, but that price sounds a bit high to me.
Seattle Rat Control Tip of The Week
Rat Damage In The Attic
Having rats in your attic is substantially more than only an irritation. These rodents can cause a lot of harm, mainly because they are generally social animals that live in groups. There is a chance of the rats in your attic putting your family in danger of getting a disease, and these animals will likewise cause physical damage to your attic.
The essential harm that rats will cause in an attic is leaving their waste products behind, especially excrement. Depending on the number of rats in the attic and how long they were there, there can be a significant measure of these waste products, requiring serious clean-up. In some cases, the urine may even drench into planks of flooring or other wood structures and compromise their integrity. At the very least, the urine and excrement will debase your attic, spreading illness and causing a foul smell. If you don't deal with this smell, it might attract more wildlife to the attic.
Chewing Wires, Pipes, Insulation, And More
Like mice, rats will bite on almost anything you have in your attic, regardless of whether it is a wire, funnel, or something else. Rats are famous for their gnawing behavior and will bite on anything in your attic. In the case of chewed wires, this can result in a serious fire hazard, especially if you don't know that the wire has been compromised. Rats may likewise damage your pipes and insulation from chewing. Without the insulation fit as a fiddle, your home won't manage temperature as effectively, making you spend more cash to run your cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. If you have anything stored in your attic, for example, books or old furnishings, you can expect these also to be damaged by rats. They will likely be chewed and may even end up covered in waste products.