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Besides being a nuisance for homeowners, rodents can cause significant property damage. Prevention is the first step to keeping your home safe. The three most common types of rodents in Illinois and Indiana are:

  • Deer mice: A common type of rodent found in Illinois and Indiana. They are small and have a brownish-gray color with white bellies. These rodents are common in rural areas and though they rarely invade homes, they can transmit the Hantavirus to humans.
  • House mice: This is the most common type of rodent found in homes. They have a brownish-gray color with light bellies and are smaller than Norway rats. They are known for contaminating food in our pantries with urine and feces, which can lead to disease.
  • Norway rats: larger than the house mouse and has a brownish-grey color with a lighter underbelly. In addition to infesting our yards, Norway rats regularly nest in dark and secluded areas of the home such as basements, crawl spaces, and wall voids.

Importance of Rodent Removal

Rats and mice are the last thing you want in your home… and if they’re in your yard, they’re only a few steps away from invading your space. Even if your infestation is outdoors, rodent control is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Rodents can cause significant home and structural damage by chewing through wires, insulation, and structural components.
  2. Rodents can transmit diseases to people and animals through feces, saliva, and urine.
  3. They can attract other pests like fleas and ticks that carry diseases. 

Signs of a Rodent Infestation

The earlier you notice a rodent infestation, the less likely they are to spread diseases or cause extensive property damage. Whether your infestation is in your basement or in your yard, there are a few telltale signs that rats and mice are invading your space:

  • Droppings: Rodent droppings are a sure sign of an infestation. You will often find them in areas where rodents feed, such as near bird feeders or pet food dishes.
  • Gnawed Items: Rodents must gnaw on things to sharpen their teeth. So, check for chew marks on wires, furniture, and other items.
  • Burrows: Rodents will often dig burrows to create shelter, so look for small holes in the ground.
  • Tracks: Rodents leave footprints in dusty areas, so watch for rodent tracks.

Rodent Prevention Tips

Preventing rodents from entering your home is essential to avoid the damage and health risks they can cause. Here are some tips for rodent prevention:

  • Seal up entry points: Mice and rats can fit through small openings. So, seal any gaps, cracks, or holes around the foundation, windows, doors, and utility lines using caulk, steel wool, or other suitable materials.
  • Keep a clean home: Keep your home tidy and clean because food, water, and shelter attract rodents. Keep food in airtight containers, immediately wipe up spills and crumbs, and put waste in sealed containers for disposal.
  • Remove clutter: Cluttered areas provide a cozy hiding place for rodents, so declutter your home and yard regularly.
  • Eliminate moisture: Rodents need water to survive. So, fix any leaks, eliminate standing water, and use dehumidifiers in damp areas of your home.
  • Trim trees and shrubs: Rodents can use tree branches and shrubs to access your home, so keep them trimmed back and away from your home.

Call a Professional Exterminator

Contact a reputable rodent removal company to analyze the situation and offer a tailored remedy if you suspect a rodent infestation. Professional exterminators have the expertise and tools to eliminate infestations quickly and safely.

Anderson Pest Solutions is a reputable exterminator that can help remove rodents from your yard. Their rodent control crew can identify and eliminate rodents and other pests. If you need help with rodent removal or control, contact Anderson Pest Solutions today or visit their website for more information. Do not let rodents take over your yard and home.

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