While the first thought of having rats in Portland suburbs may conjure up thoughts of overflowing garbage cans and complete squaller the truth is that even the best kept homes in the higher priced homes in Portland can have a rat problem. Part of the trouble with rats in Portland is there are so many different places that they can inhabit and so much of their activity is camouflaged as it occurs at night. While rats are not nocturnal they do often seek out the protection that the late hours afford them. Rats will frequently live in underground spaces or under porches or even in sewers. When the rats nest is in a nearby sewer you may not even be aware you have a rat problem until you see considerable damage to some area of your property.
Often they will use their powerful and sharp teeth to chew through many different items around your home. It’s quite common to see them consume any sort of food that is left out for your pets, or for nearby wildlife. Chances are also good that if you have your garbage cans outdoors they will easily chew through the plastic to get to the contents of old food stuffs inside the garbage cans. Even if your garbage is secured with a lid and inside your garage rats can fit through extremely small spaces making it easy for them to go to work on the garbage cans base or lid undetected while in the shut garage. The holes they create may even appear more appropriately sized for a mouse, but don’t be fooled; a large rat can condense its body mass to fit through any size hole in which their skull will fit. So if you notice a hole not much bigger than a quarter it is very likely that you have rats in your Portland garage, or about your home.
Rats in Portland and in any area they inhabit carry dangerous disease and most often also have fleas due to the outdoor places they inhabit. This can leave your pets in a position to contract what could be potentially fatal diseases. What’s more an infected pet that brings an unsuspecting disease into your home can put your family at risk for health concerns. Homes where the inhabitants are of a young or rather advanced age would then be at greater risk than the average adult in good health. Don’t let rats in Portland threaten your family’s health; call a professional exterminator to rid you of the infestation.
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