Dealing with Rodent Damage
Rodent damage starts when rats or mice enter attics, crawl spaces, and other areas of structures to build their nests. When rats or mice infest a residential or commercial structure for any significant period, serious rodent damage is almost inevitable. And as an individual homeowner or business owner, rodent damage can cost you thousands of dollars to repair. For that reason, if you think you have a rodent infestation, it’s imperative that you address it.
Fortunately, Eastside Exterminators has been providing excellent 4-step rodent control to families throughout the Greater Seattle Area since 1969. To schedule our proven, affordable services, call 425-482-2100 today.
How Rodent Damage Happens
One common phenomenon here in the Pacific Northwest is rats burrowing underground to enter houses. Over time, this can cause foundations and concrete pier pads to sink, which are both serious issues. It can also lead to other problems like uneven floors, cracked tiles, and doors that don’t shut correctly. This type of rodent behavior occurs so often in our part of the country that most crawl spaces require what is known as a rat slab. A rat slab is a strip of concrete that is poured into the base of crawl spaces. Rats can eat through a lot of materials, but concrete isn’t one of them. Hence, the slab stops rats and other rodents from entering houses via underground burrows, and causing rodent damage inside.
Rodents also find ways into structures through your siding, roof, and any areas with a small breach they can exploit. It doesn’t take big vulnerabilities in structural integrity for rodents to sense a safe haven to build their nests in. Because it’s easy for you to miss these signs in your day-to-day life, you’re going to want a rodent inspection.
The Many Types of Rodent Damage
Rodent damage can impact a whole range of things across your property, in all kinds of ways. Whether it takes the form of biological waste, electrical faults, structural damage to buildings and furniture, or merely tainted food, here are major problems to look out for.
- Nesting rodents can shred and trample insulation in the walls, floor, attic, or heat ducts, and soak it in their urine and feces.
- Contamination of foodstuffs and other stored goods when rodents gain access to pantries.
- Holes in drywall, sheetrock, plastic vapor barriers, and plumbing pipes, which can cause water damage.
- Destruction of furniture and structural features due to rodents chewing through wood.
- Greater risk of fire and electrical outages after rodents gnaw on wiring for household devices such as smoke alarms.
Particularly where insulation is concerned, rodent damage can be expensive and have serious consequences for your family. That’s why cleaning up this damage is the final step in our 4-step removal process, after completing rodent protection.
Professional Solutions to Rodent Damage
To complete repairs, our insulation technicians follow a detailed sanitation report created during our initial rodent inspection of your property. Repairs begin with the removal of insulation subject to rodent damage, and following that, sanitization and deodorization of infested areas. Once that is complete, our home insulation service will install new insulation material that meets Washington State energy codes.
With Eastside Exterminators, you can be sure that you’re receiving the best service throughout the work we do at your property. This is because our technicians each specialize in one step of our rodent control process. In other words, they’re always focused on the job they’re best at. That’s how we approach all the pest control services we provide. To learn more, call us at 425-482-2100.