Vector Control

The City's Disease-Prevention Program

For diseases where there is no effective cure, such as the West Nile Virus, vector control is the best way to protect Beaverton.

Find our more about mosquito prevention.

How to Eliminate Rodents in Your Yard & Neighborhood

Rats and other rodents can be a problem in any neighborhood. They can contaminate food and spread disease, they can start fires by gnawing on electrical wires, and they can destroy property and possessions.

Rodents can be detected by their droppings, rub and gnaw marks, or burrows and tracks. Rodents need a place to live and food to eat. They prefer to live within 150 feet of their food source. If you remove their shelter and food, they can be eliminated. But the best way to beat a rodent problem is through prevention.

Find out more information about how you can prevent rodent infestations.

Additional Information

Hantavirus Warning

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a life-threatening disease caused by the Sin Nombre Virus. Symptoms develop within one to five weeks and are flu-like with fever, headache, shortness of breath, coughing, vomiting, and stomach pain. As it progresses, respiratory failure may occur.

The Sin Nombre Virus is spread by inhaling airborne particles of urine, droppings, and saliva from infected rodents. Handling infected rodents, their nests, or droppings and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes may also spread the virus.

If you have been exposed to Deer Mice and become sick, seek medical attention immediately. Be sure to let your health care provider know where you have been and what you were doing. Deer Mice are recognized by their large eyes and ears and a bi-colored tail. However, it is almost impossible to tell what kind of mouse it is as it runs across the floor. It is also impossible to tell an infected mouse from one that is not infected, so consider all mice infected.