Rats and mice control service
Keep rats out of sewer pipes
Rats have a great sense of smell. They can follow the scent of food washed down drains by garbage disposals and dish washing.
•Keep your kitchen sink rinsed clean and use garbage disposals as little as possible.
•Clean your drain! Use 1 cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of vinegar and rinse with boiling water. You can also use 1 cup of bleach and rinse with boiling water.
•Clean your kitchen sink drain monthly.
•Never pour grease or oils down the drain.
How do rats get into the sewers?
Rats get into sewer systems through broken or faulty side-sewers. The Seattle Sewer Baiting program can investigate a suspected faulty side-sewer connection when rats are a concern. A broken side-sewer can be identified by pouring a colored dye down a rat burrow. If the colored water shows up in a near by sewer then the side-sewer may have a break. When the dye test indicates a broken side-sewer, it is recommended that the homeowner hire a licensed contractor to make necessary repairs.
What about rats in storm drains?
Occasionally, rats are seen going into a storm drain. In most cases the rats are ducking into the storm drain just to avoid a predator or from being seen. In some parts of Seattle, rats may gain access to the sewer if the sewer system is a combined drainage and sanitary sewer system.