Managing and establishing effective prevention methods for rodent infestations can be extremely time consuming. It requires a thorough inspection, repair of any rodent entry points, mechanical trap installation, and bait station placement. Our process sets us apart from many of the other pest companies, as we do exclusion as part of the solution.


When dealing with a rodent infestation, the goals of our initial inspection are to:

  • Identify Type of Rodent – Proper identification of the infesting rodent helps to determine where to focus our efforts, what types of equipment to use, and what some of the likely conducive conditions are.

  • Identify the Conducive Conditions – Clutter, poor sanitation, overgrown vegetation, structural defects are primary examples of conducive conditions that can contribute to a rodent infestation.

  • Find the Location of Rodent Activity – Determining the primary location of rodent activity provides us a basis for where to begin treatment and can help us locate potential entry points.

  • Identify Entry Points – How rodents are accessing the structure is one of the most important factors in any solution to a rodent infestation. Without knowing what the access points are, it is likely that the infestation will never go away.


At Sentinel Pest Control, our job is to ensure that your home is free of pests year-round—our comprehensive service packages are designed to do just that! Tailor-made to meet the needs of Western Washington residents and businesses, our pest control service packages will both remove pest infestations and prevent future ones.


Repair Rodent Entry Points

Once we have completed our initial inspection, we will begin to repair any and all identified entry points. Examples of common entry points into a home include:

  • Missing or broken crawl space vents

  • Missing door sweeps

  • Improperly made crawl space access doors

  • Faulty construction where large gaps exist

  • Burrows or tunnels

  • Holes where wiring and piping enter the home

  • Sewer/plumbing lines under the ground

These are just a few of the more common ways rodents will access a home. There are many more, and some that are a lot less obvious. Some entry points require relatively simple fixes, such as repairing or replacing missing vent screens and plugging/screening holes. More obscure or difficult entry points, however, may require more extensive repair work, such as building crawl space access doors or using concrete to patch around piping.

Rodent Traps

Once the access points have been sealed, we will install mechanical traps and/or glue boards throughout the structure in all necessary locations. Common areas include:

  • Crawl space

  • Attic

  • Garage

  • Underneath sinks

  • Closets

  • Shared spaces (such as living rooms)

When applying traps, your safety is our primary concern. We make sure to take special consideration when placing traps if children or pets are present. If traps are required in areas where small children or pets have access, we may only use glue boards. Glue boards don’t have any pesticides, and will not cause harm like a snap trap could.

Rodent Bait Stations

Baiting is a key component to any successful rodent treatment, so we install bait stations around the property. The bait stations serve multiple purposes; they will tell us what the population density looks like, and ensure that rodent populations on the exterior don’t get out of control.

Baiting is done on the exterior of the home, and only in secured stations. The stations are locked, weighted down, appropriately labeled, and installed in strategic locations around the home.

We only select baits with lower toxicity levels to use in residential situations. The bait will still kill rodents, but its lower toxicity minimizes the impact on the surrounding environment and ecosystem. We do not recommend using rodenticides on the interior of a home, in a crawl space, or in an attic. Interior baiting will lead to foul-smelling, decomposing rodents in unknown places.


Once the initial service is completed, we will return in approximately one week for a follow-up inspection. We will check all installed traps and glue boards, remove any caught rodents, reset traps as needed, service bait stations, and check on our exclusion work to ensure it is still viable. From this point on, the typical rodent service program will move forward to a once-a-month service.

The average rodent infestation may not require more than a monthly frequency.  There are, however, some extreme cases where weekly service is warranted at the beginning of the program.  Once the infestation levels have significantly decreased, the program can then be shifted to a lesser frequency.

As with all of our pest control services, we believe that successful solutions for rodent infestations are a combined and continued effort between our technicians and our customers. As such, we aim to educate our customers during the entire treatment process to show them what they can do to help prevent future infestations.


We understand that your needs can be urgent. Our goal is to provide you with a pest-free home or business as quickly as possible. Call before noon Monday – Friday and a Sentinel professional will be at your door the SAME DAY!


Have any pest related questions or in need of pest control services?

Our office staff is trained to answer any pest control related questions! Once scheduled with us, an appointment confirmation will be emailed within 15 minutes with your appointment information and a picture of your technician!


We’ll give you a call and schedule the best time for you!





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