EUGENE, Ore. -- If you think you've seen more rats in our area lately, you're not imagining things. There's been a 20 percent climb in the rodent population in just the last three years, a local pest elimination expert said.
Scott Law, the branch manager of All Natural Pest Elimination in Springfield, said with the massive increase throughout the state, his business receives hundreds of calls every week from people concerned about rodents entering and living in their homes.
About half of the inspections they do involve rodents, Law said.
He said there are plenty of factors that play a role in this uptick.
Law believes the growing interest in urban farming has contributed to the increase because rodents are attracted to the food. Also, the cold weather and the amount of construction happening throughout the area has forced rodents to try and find shelter elsewhere.
But Law said there is one thing people can do to make sure they don't receive these unwanted guests.
"Limiting the food source is the number one priority,” said Law. “So, whether you've got dog food in the garage or a bird feeder outside, you want to make sure that your food is packed up as best as possible."
Law said if you have any doubts, or if you have any concerns, call pest control to get an inspection.