Rodent Control and Identification
As cold weather arrives in the upper Midwest, there’s no better place to be than warm and cozy inside your home. Unfortunately, wild rodents like rats and mice feel the same way. No matter how protected you think you are, it’s not enough – some rodents, like mice, can fit through gaps as small as a dime. So when you’re ready to get serious about rodent control in Illinois and Wisconsin, the experts at Anderson Pest Solutions are the ones to call.
The following is a brief overview of some common rodents you may encounter:
Some people keep mice as pets, but don’t be fooled: Wild mice are carriers of disease and do not belong in your home. Sure, they may look “cute” with their small, furry bodies, large ears and beady eyes, but these little thieves will eat you out of house and home if you’re not careful. Mice are nocturnal, preferring to do their damage at night. Also, they are omnivorous, meaning they’ll eat pretty much anything they can get their hands on, including their own droppings.
House mice prefer to move along baseboards and countertops, marking their territory with urine and feces, and typically build their nests close to a food source, which could be in your home. Their droppings are small and brown, about the size of a sesame seed. Because they breed quickly, it’s possible for your home to be completely infested before you even notice their presence.
Prevention is difficult, but start with the exterior first. Make your yard uninviting to rodents by removing loose pet food and bird seed., Indoors, keep your kitchen and other areas clean and clear of food scraps. Also, consider using plastic containers in your pantry to make it harder for mice to smell and gain access to your stored food.
These rodents are a little less “cute” but remain a nuisance for Illinois and Wisconsin home and business owners. Norway rats and larger than house mice, around seven inches, with an equally long and hairless tail. Like mice, they can also sneak though very small spaces, and are most active at night. Because Norway rats are larger than mice, and therefore need more space to build nests, they will most likely keep a burrow outdoors and venture inside to forage for food.
Norway rats are extremely territorial, and will even kill mice that compete with them for food and shelter. Their droppings are much larger, around 3/4″, and combined with shed hair and dander can be a significant source of indoor allergens. Historically, rat urine is responsible for the spread of leptospirosis, a disease that can damage the liver and kidneys. They have also been known to carry typhus, hantavirus, and salmonellosis. Wild rats are also an indirect method of introducing a potential flea or tick infestation into your home.
As with mice, the best prevention methods are clearing brush and woodpiles near your property, cleaning up food preparation and dining areas, as well as thoroughly sealing outside cracks and gaps underneath exterior doors. However, even the best-maintained homes struggle with rodent control, which is why our local experts are there to develop an effective solution for your home or business.
How To Get Rid of Rodents in Illinois and Wisconsin
Rodents are some of the most difficult pests to completely rid from your home. It takes a professional who knows exactly where to look and what to look for. When you contact Anderson, our technicians will take the necessary steps to eliminate rodent pests for good:
- We will conduct a full property inspection that includes the interior and exterior of your home or business
- Discreetly place non-toxic traps and monitoring stations for comprehensive rodent control and to monitor further activity
- Seal small common entry points if they are contributing to the infestation
- Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home from further infestations
If you want to make sure your pest problems go away for good, check out our pestfree365 program. It covers over 36 common Illinois and Wisconsin pests and will keep your home and property protected all throughout the year. Contact us today to get started.