Rat issues arise as winter nears in Washington state

When Sandy Jones of Olympia, Washington, had to hire workers in hazmat suits do $5,000 in repairs to her house in west Olympia, she could only blame one thing.


A family of six rats had gotten into the crawl space under her house, torn loose insulation to build a nest, and urinated and defacated all over.

Exterminators say it has been a bad year for dealing with rats, and it's going to get worse as rodents look for shelter as the weather gets bad.

"I've never seen a year quite likes this," Steve Venables said, adding he's purchased twice as many traps and twice as much bait as in previous years. He has been working in the area for 22 years and owns Venables Pest Management.

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