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Rodent Identification & Prevention

Rodents In Chicago, IL

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When it comes to pests, rodents are among the most frustrating to deal with because of the risks of having them in a home and the challenges of getting rid of them. But you can make rodent control in Chicago easier by better understanding these pests, so keep reading to learn everything you need to know about rodents in our area.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rodents

What are rodents?

Rodents are mammals that have a pair of incisors that never stop growing. Due to their continuously growing teeth, rodents must constantly chew to prevent them from overgrowing.

Mice are small rodents that commonly infest homes, squeezing through holes as small as a dime.

Are rodents dangerous?

While they may be small, rodents are dangerous pests to have anywhere near your home. They are known to spread diseases including hantavirus, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and more!

Rodents also carry parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites, which can bring other diseases. Plus, they can make people sick by contaminating surfaces and food with their saliva, shed hair, and waste.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are opportunistic pests that take advantage of residential properties for resources such as food, water, and shelter. These critters are not picky eaters and will feed on anything you can imagine.

Food sources you could unintentionally be providing include garbage, pet food, birdseed, fruit and nuts from trees in your yard, poorly stored food, and crumbs.

Rodents are also a problem in the fall, and they may try to get into your home when looking for a warm place to hide as the weather gets colder.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents are attracted to areas with plenty of food sources and hiding places. Kitchens are one of the most common places for rodent activity in a home, but these pests can also create nests in basements, attics, storage closets, cabinets, sheds, garages, and inside walls.

In many cases, you won't see live rodents because they are nocturnal and tend to keep their distance from people, but you will see signs such as droppings, smear marks, chew marks, and paw prints.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Get rid of rodents with the assistance of home pest control experts who know how to handle the different rodents in the area. Sleep Tight Extermination offers specific rodent control services in Chicago to treat these dangerous and difficult critters.

We begin with an inspection, focusing on common areas such as near garbage cans, kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms to look for signs of activity, including damaged food packaging, nests, droppings, noises, and live rodents. Using our inspection findings, we will recommend a customized service plan to meet your needs. Treatments can include traps, monitoring stations, and small exclusion work.

Sleep Tight Extermination has the solutions for your rodent problems, so contact us today to get started!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

No one wants to get rid of a rodent infestation just for them to come back again. To prevent this from happening in your Chicago home, use these prevention tips:

  • Look over the exterior of your home for entry points that you need to seal.
  • Remove bird feeders from your yard, clean up fallen fruit, and never leave food out for animals.
  • Remove food sources from your home by cleaning up crumbs, storing food in air-tight containers, and using garbage cans with a fitting lid.
  • Reduce moisture inside and outside by repairing leaks, removing organic debris, and keeping gutters from getting clogged.

Call Sleep Tight Extermination for more rodent prevention tips and control services.

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