Exclusion Based Rodent Control, starring Wilderness Security Guide

All earth creatures have territories.

We call our human territories “Homefronts.” This is a service storyline about how we strengthen your Homefront by means of testing for activity; identify entry holes (aka breaches); discover where the rats are nesting, feeding, and running, and then begin the process of securing and strengthening your Homefront while we clear your rats out, using our rat catching skills with good old fashioned snap traps. Most times the exclusion work we do (fixing vents and blocking tunnels), done strategically, puts just enough environmental pressure on the rats to liven up our traps. Exclusion isn’t only the best way to prevent an infestation, it’s also the best way to clear an active one as well.

Usually our exclusion-based rodent control storyline for rats and mice goes something like this…

THE INITIAL/SET UP SERVICE > We inspect your home inside and out and mark all the entry holes with bags, set many traps in active areas like attic voids and crawlspaces (we go where the rats go!), and then write you a custom action plan and proposal for clearing and securing your Homefront.  

THE INITIAL EXCLUSION SERVICE > We often do most of the exclusion work on the second service and leave the main entry hole open with a marker in it for an egress. If your home is very infested, we will often choose to wait until we gain full control before we do any exclusion work. Here’s a list of classic exclusions: broken vent screens (thanks Cable Guy and Air Conditioner Man), gutter line gap exclusions, structural entry holes under roof eves, and barrier exclusions for Homefronts with shallow (or no) foundation.

THE FOLLOW UP/TRAPPING SERVICES > We always say, “We learn the most about your infestation on the first trap check.” Our traps and monitors are our eyes and ears. Most of the generics like Orkin, The Killers, and Pointe (and generic green washed companies like Axiom, Adaptive, and Naturua) don’t do active trapping, because it requires skill and experience to read traps correctly…and that would require them to spend money on training their technicians, which rarely happens in The Industry. In other words, we know how to use our traps. Sometimes, when we’re really on our game, we can clear all the rats out one catch. Our one catch record for rats is 21; our one catch record for mice is 18.

THE FINAL EXCLUSION SERVICE > We don’t charge for trapping if we’re at your home to do exclusion work, so at least one of your follow-up/trapping services will be free.

THE END  > And that’s it! When we finally nail an ending to your infestation, we’ll leave a monitor (zip lock bag of tasty rat food) in your newly excluded and secured Homefront. Usually, we leave it just below the crawlspace hatch where you can check it easily. Checking the monitor for signs of activity will save you from having to pay us for reoccurring inspections.

COSTS: $165 for initial service, $50-$75 for follow ups, and $50 per entry hole for exclusion work or $85 an hour plus materials for bigger projects. 

 

< INTO TO WILDERNESS SECURITY GUIDE > 

Guide is more than a cartoon character drawn to support our Storysold brand. She’s one of our many live action characters. When you watch our human host Jake’s eyes light up–like “Jinkies!”–when we finally piece together the story of your infestation, you’ve met Wilderness Security Guide.

Here’s a few photos of local Homefronts from Guide’s perspective: 

Rub marks in classic roof rat entry hole in NE Portland >

Many old homes get new roofs, but the new roofers don’t fit the sheathing to the old gutter line right >

 

 

Here’s how we block/exclude a concrete vent. One of our customers said The Killers told her that replacing a screen on a concrete vent was “impossible.” Then the tech foam turded it like they do. >

 

We thought excluding these monster entry holes in the back of an accessible garage was impossible, but we found a way to keep the rats from nesting in the crawlspace! >

 

Making the fit around pipes is a challenge (especially in cramped crawlspaces), but it’s super important. >

 


Affordable quality exclusion work is hard to find in The Industry. Purcor (formerly Pioneer) is the only other company I know that tries to do it right > 

Exclusion of a shed with trenching, a mesh barrier, and refilling it with dirt and gravel. We exclude a lot of decks, double wides, and add ons structures built on pillars like this. >

 

This deck exclusion was the cure for many many years of trapping and killing skunks.

 

One of our many custom creative crawlspace door creations. The door/bottom screen is fixed to the concrete with the black toggle screws, one of which you can see there. >


 

All exclusion work is custom work. There is no cookie cutter way to do it.

 
Read Our Reviews

Story Sold Pest Control is rated 5 out of 5.0 stars based on 83 review(s).

---

- Jake is great! He was referred to me by a friend and he was thorough, very knowledgeable and put my mind at ease! Thanks for all the help!

---

- I contacted Storysold Pest control for mice/rat problems for a rental property. I was very impressed with their website about the process they use to keep out rodents not just catching them and calling it good. They are very professional, explained the process in detail and showed up on time for our appointment. It’s been a week or so since he came out and my tenant hasn’t heard or seen any mice/rats. Jake, the owner is passionate about helping people and very knowledgeable in all aspects of pest control! Don’t waste your time on any other company call him first. Teri C

---

- Keith B

---

- Abby and Dave

---

- Paige and Kris

---

- Kammie James

---

- Ed Robertson

---

Great!!! Next day service, very knowledgeable and trustworthy, affordable. Didn t try to sell me any extra services I didn t need. Would gladly hire again.Great!!! Next day service, very knowledgeable and trustworthy, affordable. Didn t try to sell me any extra services I didn t need. Would gladly hire again.

-  Shelly A.

---

Very good

- Larry A

---

Jake actually arrived early. He did a good job of removing a large hornet&#39;s nest of very aggressive hornets. He will definitely be our first choice on any future pest removal we might need.

- Barbara B.

---

Jake went above and beyond of what was asked of him! Will not use anyone else!

-  Ted M

---

Jake was extremely respectful and responsive. Came promptly and did a thorough inspection. He gave us options and his honest opinion about what we needed to do. He was very helpful in solving the problem simply and cost effectively! Will definitely call again.

- Michelle C. 

---

Came to our home right away and set live traps in our chimneys and made screens for the tops. Returned the next day to find a squirrel in one of the traps. We were very pleased with our results and appreciated the great customer service

- Kathleen

---

Friendly, fast and efficient. Very pleased with the service Jake provided

- Joli P.

---

Refreshing to work with Jake. He is collaborative and communicative. Great improvement since his visit.

- Seth W

---

He's friendly, professional, punctual & extremely affordable. Would hire again & recommend to my friends.

- Max K

---

We had a great experience and highly recommend Jake. He is responsive, effective and thoughtful.

-  Eddie B

---

Jake at Storysold Pest Control is knowledgeable and professional. He is quick to respond and reasonably priced. I find him to be trustworthy and ethical, he does not sell unnecessary services and he works with customers that are willing to do some of the work themselves as well as with customers who just want the whole service done without being involved themselves. While other companies told me I needed to replace all my insulation and do massive crawl space renovations, he offered several affordable options. With his help we no longer have a mouse problem and it was done at a fraction of what other companies quoted us. I appreciate his flexibility and fun, friendly personality. If I ever have another pest control issue, he will be my first call.

- Darian C.

---

- Joyce R

---

Jake has been helping me trap rodents at my farm with his Volehalla rodent boxes. He&#39;s friendly, knowledgeable, and effective: we&#39;ve trapped a lot of rodents!

-  Emily C

---

Jake was fantastic! Fast response. Reliable and honest. Great rates. Hope not to have any more rodent problems, but if I do I will be calling Jake again. I would recommend him to anybody that needs help with Pest Control.

- Janet D.

---

Truly, I can t say enough about this team! They are so professional, trustworthy, and for the very first time in a long time I feel that they aren t here for 1/2 hour only to run off to the next job site! Jake (I believe the owner) told me that their company prefers to have 2 home visits per day over 10!!! I can t say enough them!!!!

- Lori T.

---

Working with Storysold was a dream. We had a huge undertaking with almost 40,000 sq ft between two properties! With both buildings being over 100 years old keeping critters out is difficult and the previous tenants of the building allowed a huge infestation to occur. Jake was able to not only eradicate the unwanted pests he also filled holes and cracks and has stopped them from having easy access. Communication was great and the pricing was fair and manageable for our small nonprofit! I will continue to work with Storysold and recommend them for any pest control needs, big or small!

-  Jamie C

---

Mouse in the house!!!! I texted Sunday morning after having chased a mouse through the house Saturday all day and Sunday at 3am... they came out to the house by 12:30 that Sunday. Jake got in the crawl space and checked the outside of the house for entry points. While there was no evidence of a major problem, I opt ed for the full attack. He came in with an Arsenal of traps that he placed in the kitchen and crawl space. He didn t hard sell and his prices were very affordable! He was also very honest with potential outcomes which I appreciate. He literally just left and I haven t heard any traps go off but just based on his customer service, I would totes recommend him! He s coming back in a week to check traps. I ve read some horror stories about other companies but I feel very confident that I m working with an upstanding professional. And he s dog friendly!

-  Taaj A.

---

Great company.

- Ed S

---

A pro. Showed on time. Knew what to do

-  Mike B.

---

Jake of StorySold is proficient, affordable, and punctual. He took his time with carefully evaluating my problem, fixed my issue, and did extras like helping me fix my mattress which he treated for bed bugs. Can't recommend him enough and will use him and his company in the future. Got two other quotes which were much higher each quoting at least $1,000 without a guarantee.

- James J. 

---

Jake is prompt, skilled, authentic and friendly! I couldn't be happier. I'm so glad that I talked to all three bidders before choosing. Even before he got here, I knew he was the best choice!

-  Linda B. 

---

- We’ve struggled with mice in our home for years. Stoysold came out in February of 2020, found the access spots, blocked them, and we haven’t had a single mouse inside in over a year. I highly recommend their service. KH in Sandy, OR

---

- Jake was professional, friendly, educational on the process. I would recommend his services to anyone needing a exterminator for insects or rodents.

---

- Boann

---

- We are so happy with the work Storysold did to fortify our house against unwelcome creatures! They were courteous, efficient, and communicative throughout the process.

---

- Jake took care of our unwanted guest (roof rat!) and identified and took care of entry points to prevent future problems. We have been paying for a pest control service for years that we are going to be able to cancel thanks to Jake’s work. He’s very professional and responsive and we highly recommend him! – Mary

---

- Dustin

---

- Dani Rathke

---

- Thorough, effective and reliable. I’ve used other exterminator services that seem more concerned with signing you up for annual contracts than actually solving the rodent issue. This company is the opposite. They care the most about solving the problem, billing customers comes second. I’d highly recommend.

---

- Paul

---

- Kristy L

---

- Darlene Warren

---

- Erika Glancy

---

Great!!! Next day service, very knowledgeable and trustworthy, affordable. Didn t try to sell me any extra services I didn t need. Would gladly hire again.

- Shelly A.

---

Jake actually arrived early. He did a good job of removing a large hornet's nest of very aggressive hornets. He will definitely be our first choice on any future pest removal we might need.

- Barbara B.

---

Jake went above and beyond of what was asked of him! Will not use anyone else!

- Ted M.

---

Jake was extremely respectful and responsive. Came promptly and did a thorough inspection. He gave us options and his honest opinion about what we needed to do. He was very helpful in solving the problem simply and cost effectively! Will definitely call again.

- Michelle C.

---

Friendly, fast and efficient. Very pleased with the service Jake provided

- Joli P.

---

He's friendly, professional, punctual & extremely affordable. Would hire again & recommend to my friends.

- Max K.

---

Jake at Storysold Pest Control is knowledgeable and professional. He is quick to respond and reasonably priced. I find him to be trustworthy and ethical, he does not sell unnecessary services and he works with customers that are willing to do some of the work themselves as well as with customers who just want the whole service done without being involved themselves. While other companies told me I needed to replace all my insulation and do massive crawl space renovations, he offered several affordable options. With his help we no longer have a mouse problem and it was done at a fraction of what other companies quoted us. I appreciate his flexibility and fun, friendly personality. If I ever have another pest control issue, he will be my first call.

- Darian C.

---

Jake has been helping me trap rodents at my farm with his Volehalla rodent boxes. He's friendly, knowledgeable, and effective: we've trapped a lot of rodents!

- Emily C.

---

Truly, I can t say enough about this team! They are so professional, trustworthy, and for the very first time in a long time I feel that they aren t here for 1/2 hour only to run off to the next job site! Jake (I believe the owner) told me that their company prefers to have 2 home visits per day over 10!!! I can t say enough them!!!!

- Lori T.

---

Amazing! Jake is amazing! He came out because I had a squirrel in my attic. He has a vent he can put in so they can get out but not back in! Theres no trauma to the animal by trapping it and you will save yourself hearing it scream and cry in a trap! He walked around my entire house and attic looking for all entry points. He is very knowledgable and kind and looking to help you exist w wildlife w the option of not euthanizing. Years of experience. I was so pleased q his company I would highly highly recommend him for any of your critter/pest? needs! Thank you Jake!

- Susan K.

---

- Loa H.

---

We knew we had several openings to our crawl space where rodents were coming in. To come out and give us a quote, Jake was flexible with making an appointment at our convenience. He is personable and professional. We accepted his quote on the spot and he did the work at that time. He was thorough and gave us an excellent report with pictures after he was done. I highly recommend him and will use him again should the need arise.

- Larry a.

---

- Paige L.

---

Jake was a huge help with our recent rodent adventure. He was a great communicator and his work and knowledge were superb. He was thorough with his assessment of our property and honest with his recommendations. There was no attempt to unnecessarily sell us on any packages, in fact Jake gave us resources to get our situation under control and to maintain that going forward. Will absolutely be calling Jake in the future if the situation arises.

- Graham H.

---

Great service and very affordable pricing.

- Humberto Z.

---

- Deanna M.

---

- Michelle H.

---

Jake was very quick, informative. He not only took care of the rodent, but spent time helping to prevent it happening again.

- Em W.

---

Excellent job! Jake was wonderful to work with.

- Kathy M.

---

Jake went above and beyond. I had tiny ants in my cupboards and on my kitchen floor. He went outside the property and went underneath my condo. Not only did he take care of the ants but took care of a small rodent issue. Charged me exactly what he quoted me. All the extra work he did I thought for sure it would cost more but he stuck to his quote and was very polite, kind and quick.

- Brenda H.

---

Jake was great to work with. He responded quickly to my request. He was able to do the job by being creative. He sent a follow up email to let me know when he would check back. His rate was very reasonable.

- Kelly A.

---

Jake is really a 10/10 person and it shows in his work. Thankfully we did not have an infestation but his thoroughness, promptness, and overall attitude towards his profession was something that stuck out to me. I will be recommending him to everyone for pest control. I know who I'm calling when I need one!

- Samantha A.

---

Amazing! Jake is amazing! He came out because I had a squirrel in my attic. He has a vent he can put in so they can get out but not back in! Theres no trauma to the animal by trapping it and you will save yourself hearing it scream and cry in a trap! He walked around my entire house and attic looking for all entry points. He is very knowledgable and kind and looking to help you exist w wildlife w the option of not euthanizing. Years of experience. I was so pleased q his company I would highly highly recommend him for any of your critter/pest? needs! Thank you Jake!

- Suzan K.

---

Went above and beyond my expectations! Would recommend to anyone, knowledgeable and experienced. Thanks again!!

- Jaimie D.

---

Jake will give you friendly, personalized, and timely service, and you get the story of the service at the end!

- Emily C.

---

Very honest, friendly and informative. Excellent work.

- Terry B.

---

Refreshing to work with Jake. He is collaborative and communicative. Great improvement since his visit.

- Seth W

---

- Zack C.

---

We had a great experience and highly recommend Jake. He is responsive, effective and thoughtful.

- Eddie B.

---

Very honest, identified the problem in a remote corner of the property, operated quickly, provided photos of the work done and is coming back to verify the problem has been solved.

- Matteo V.

---

Jake was fantastic! Fast response. Reliable and honest. Great rates. Hope not to have any more rodent problems, but if I do I will be calling Jake again. I would recommend him to anybody that needs help with Pest Control.

- Janet D.

---

- Taney R.

---

Working with Storysold was a dream. We had a huge undertaking with almost 40,000 sq ft between two properties! With both buildings being over 100 years old keeping critters out is difficult and the previous tenants of the building allowed a huge infestation to occur. Jake was able to not only eradicate the unwanted pests he also filled holes and cracks and has stopped them from having easy access. Communication was great and the pricing was fair and manageable for our small nonprofit! I will continue to work with Storysold and recommend them for any pest control needs, big or small!

- Jamie C.

---

Came out next day and took care of our wasp nest! Easy to schedule and very responsive. Thank you!

- Jacoba G.

---

Mouse in the house!!!! I texted Sunday morning after having chased a mouse through the house Saturday all day and Sunday at 3am... they came out to the house by 12:30 that Sunday. Jake got in the crawl space and checked the outside of the house for entry points. While there was no evidence of a major problem, I opt ed for the full attack. He came in with an Arsenal of traps that he placed in the kitchen and crawl space. He didn t hard sell and his prices were very affordable! He was also very honest with potential outcomes which I appreciate. He literally just left and I haven t heard any traps go off but just based on his customer service, I would totes recommend him! He s coming back in a week to check traps. I ve read some horror stories about other companies but I feel very confident that I m working with an upstanding professional. And he s dog friendly!

- Taaj A.

---

Jake was straight forward and was happy to answer all questions. Thank you!

- April B.

---

A pro. Showed on time. Knew what to do

- Mike B.

---

Did an amazing job fixing some visitors to my crawl space. Sanitized, cleaned, and locked down from future uninvited guests!

- Stephen I.

---

Jake of StorySold is proficient, affordable, and punctual. He took his time with carefully evaluating my problem, fixed my issue, and did extras like helping me fix my mattress which he treated for bed bugs. Can't recommend him enough and will use him and his company in the future. Got two other quotes which were much higher each quoting at least $1,000 without a guarantee.

- James J.

---

He arrived on time, knew precisely what to do to resolve my problem and completed the job.

- Jeff J.

---

Jake is prompt, skilled, authentic and friendly! I couldn't be happier. I'm so glad that I talked to all three bidders before choosing. Even before he got here, I knew he was the best choice!

- Linda B.

---

- Jake is amazing

---

- Stacie Benefield