Chewing in Chicago: The Hungry Rodents Calling Your City Home

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The Windy City is home to nearly three million people…as well as an alarming number of rodents. Countless studies have cited the largest city in Illinois as home to one of the world’s biggest rat populations. Chicago has shared the dubious honor more than once with cities like Paris and London. Keep your home protected from the filthy rodents outside with Anderson Pest Solutions.

Rodent-Friendly Conditions

From its aging infrastructure and plentiful food supply to weather changes and animal feces, numerous factors make Chicago an inviting place for rats and mice to call home. Although rats have fairly short life spans of a year or less, they reproduce rapidly and often. Between environmental factors and the rodents’ high fertility rates, it’s easy to see why these creepy critters are a little too abundant for comfort.

Household Threats

Even worse, rats and mice pose a health threat to people and other animals. Mouse droppings and bodily fluids can spread a potentially deadly respiratory illness called hantavirus. And during wet weather, the family dog is susceptible to a rat-borne bacterial disease, as well as the many others they’re exposed to from the variety of pests roaming Chicago, IL.

Preventive Measures

The city has put many pest control measures into place, with varying levels of success. Coyotes were allowed to roam the city streets as part of a study to reduce the rat population. City officials even worked with the Tree House Humane Society to release feral cats, after vaccinating and neutering them. Pest control efforts targeted at 100-year-old structures and areas where sewer work is scheduled offer hope for a city with far fewer rodents.

Protect Your Home

You can make your own home less attractive to mice and rats. Rats can make their way into quarter-sized openings, while mice can squeeze into dime-sized holes. Seal up any gaps in your home’s walls and foundation to help keep rodents out. Clear any dog waste immediately, and store opened packages of food in sealed containers. If you see droppings or tooth marks on food containers after taking these precautions, call in the professionals.

Anderson Pest Solutions Takes on Illinois Rodents

Chicago’s rodent problem may be daunting, but you don’t have to let it endanger your household. Anderson Pest Solutions provides thorough, effective pest control in and around Chicago, Illinois. Ask about preventive measures or treatment to eliminate an existing or possible rodent problem today.

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