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Fox Pest Control’s Chicago Metro Area Rodent Exterminator Service

Even hearing the word “rodent” is enough to make some Chicago Metro Area folks shudder. Although rodent control isn’t always top-of-mind, picturing  a dirty little creature with two long front teeth  scurrying around your house probably makes you want to call a rodent exterminator. Rodents are a problem year round, as they sneak into home for food, water, and shelter. If you see a mouse or rat in a high traffic area of your home, they may be alone, and a mouse trap should take care of them. However, if you see rodent in a low traffic area of your home, such as the basement, garage, or attic, you may have a serious infestation.

Rodents become a larger problem in Chicago Metro Area during the colder months, as they work harder to find somewhere to take shelter for the winter. This can pose a threat to homeowners, because no matter how clean your home is rodents will find it very attractive. Any small gaps in the outside of your home, such as a crack in the foundation, an attic vent, an open garage door, or loose siding can provide an entrance point for rodents.

That’s where we come in – Fox Pest Control wants to help you get rid of rodents.

Signs of a Rodent Infestation

You might already know you have a rodent infestation but here are a few of the most common signs rodent exterminators look for in the Chicago Metro Area area.

Droppings

The first sign of a mouse or rat infestation in Chicago Metro Area is their droppings. These are usually found in their favorite hiding spots, such as basements, attics, crawl spaces, behind shelves or drawers, or in cabinets or pantries.

Noise

Sometimes the second most common sign of rodents in the house are nightly noises when mice or rats scurry from place to place, fight each other, or gnaw on something.

Gnaw marks

Because their teeth never stop growing, mice and rats have a strong urge to chew things. They can chew through wood, hard plastic, or even metal to get to food, find shelter, or make nests.

Sightings

Though less common than the other signs, it is possible to surprise mice and rats in the house when turning on the light in the kitchen, attic, or basement. In rare cases, a mouse or rat may run into the open to find water, food, or better shelter.

Things You Need to Know About Rodents:

  • A rodent is a mammal with incisors that constantly grow; they don’t have canine teeth. Incisors are the two front and two bottom teeth in the mouth.
  • If rodents don’t have material to constantly chew on, their incisors will grow so long that they can’t eat.
  • Common Rodents Include:
  • Rodents can carry harmful diseases such as:
    • Bubonic Plague, Tularemia, and Hantavirus 
  • You might have rodents in your home in Chicago Metro Area if you discover unusual droppings or hear strange scratching sounds. If you suspect rodents, it’s best to call the professional pest control technicians from Fox. 

Helpful Rodent Prevention Tips:

  • Seal common entry points.
  • Reduce food and water access by fixing leaks and cleaning before and after meals.
  • Reduce hiding places by cleaning around kitchen appliances and other potential hiding places.
  • Clean up the yard: including branches, leaves, and woodpiles

How Do I Get Rid Of Rodents?

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Rodent Control FAQ

How do I control rodents in Chicago Metro Area?

The best control of rodents in Chicago Metro Area is prevention. Filling in any holes of the house’s exterior and sealing any food in airtight containers will make your home less attractive and less accessible to them. 

But if you already have a problem and need to remove rodents, these measures won’t fix the problem on their own. Call Fox Pest Control  today for a free estimate, and make your home safe and comfortable again.

What sort of damage can rodents do on my property?

Yard Rodents: Gophers and groundhogs dig massive tunnels and eat plant roots, fruit, and vegetables. Voles tend to stay above ground and eat plants. Mice and rats may also dig burrows through the grass. Moles also dig tunnels while they look for insects, but they aren’t technically rodents.

House Rodents: Mice and rats chew on wiring, gnaw on walls, invade storage containers, rip up papers and fabrics, and contaminate food. Rats and mice can also spread fleas and ticks as well as diseases like hantavirus, leptospirosis, tularemia, and the bubonic plague.

Squirrels are a very common problem in some areas. They can crawl inside attic spaces, chew through wood or wiring, and spread diseases, fleas, and ticks.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents like rats and mice can carry various diseases, including the bubonic plague, rat scratch disease, hemorrhagic fever, tularemia, and hantavirus. They can also carry ticks and fleas into your Chicago Metro Area home, which can also spread disease.

Can rodents bite?

A bite from a rodent can be extremely serious, but these are relatively rare. Rodents typically try to stay away from humans and avoid contact with us. 

Do people get sick from rodents?

Humans contract diseases spread by rodents when we are bitten, when we come in contact with a rodent’s droppings or urine, or if we handle a rodent, including a recently dead one. If you're bitten by a rodent, seek medical attention immediately.

How do I know if I have rats in the house?

Common signs of rodent activity in your house in Chicago Metro Area are: 

Feces. Rats tend to gather theirs in one particular spot while mice scatter them everywhere. 

Sounds at night. Rats sometimes fight over food or dominance and squeal and make rustling noises. You might also hear mice scurrying or chewing on something.

Nests. Mice and rats make nests after they mate. They prepare for juveniles by building nests out of soft materials like paper, fabric, pillow stuffing, bits of cloth, loose carpeting, or wall insulation.

What’s the best way to keep rodents out of my house?

Rodents like rats, mice, and squirrels have a strong sense of smell, which is why cleaning the house and storing both your food and pet food in airtight containers is one of the first steps to rodent prevention.

Professional pest experts can help you discover specific things you can do to keep rodents from invading your home in Chicago Metro Area.

What kinds of rodents can invade my property?

Yard Rodents: Gophers, groundhogs, mice, rats, and voles will come to your yard looking for plants, nuts, berries, fruit, and shelter. Moles also like to dig in the yard while looking for insects, but they aren’t technically rodents. 

House Rodents: Rats and mice are the most common rodents that will invade homes. 

How did rodents get in my house?

Mice and rats can fit through tiny spaces. A mouse can fit through a hole or crack the size of a dime, and rats can fit through openings the size of a quarter. 

Why are rodents trying to get in my house?

After they come inside your place in Chicago Metro Area, mice and rats will find a hiding place that is as close to food and water as possible. The most obvious room to hide in is the kitchen, although rodents are timid enough to hide in the basement, attic, or somewhere in the wall voids.

What do rodents eat?

Rats, mice, squirrels, and other rodents are more fond of foods with high lots of sugar or lots of protein, like gum drops or peanut butter. They also like pet food because it’s rich in nutrition.

What’s the difference between a mouse and a rat?

Body size. Adult rats are larger than adult mice. Norwegian rats also have a characteristic hunch in their back. 

Ears and Tails. Rats have larger, more pointed ears and shorter tails than mice. A mouse’s tail has fine hairs along it while a rat’s tail is entirely bald. 

Droppings. The common Norwegian rats have cylindrical or pill-shaped droppings, and roof rats have a banana shape to theirs. Mouse feces look like little grains of brown or black rice 

Dropping placement: Mice scatter their droppings randomly throughout their hiding places. Rats are more aware of their droppings and find a hiding spot to use as a latrine, sort of the way a cat uses a litter box.

Behavior. Mice are extremely curious about everything in their environment and will explore new things readily. Rats are “neophobic,” which means they are frightened of new things and require more time to grow accustomed to something new.

Society. Rats and mice both can live in colonies or family groups, but rats can create very large colonies very quickly. Compared to mice, rats are much more violent with each other when they dispute over territory, dominance, or food.

Intelligence. Unlike mice, rats can observe and mimic each other’s behavior to navigate the world around them and avoid anything that seems dangerous.

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I hired Fox Pest control to help control ants, wasps rodents and other pests at my ranch. The first experience was not the best, and we had a few phone calls back and forth to the point I almost cancelled the service. Today we had our second quarterly visit and I was ready for a fight. The technician that came out today, Juan S, was extremely knowledgeable and patient. He listened to my concerns and issues and after our discussions and his explanations of what the product are and how they work, he did everything in his power to correct issues and resolve my concerns. We discuss the questions I had and is researching them for me to find the best plan that will ensure the pest control is achieved without harming my animals. He has put my biggest fears and concerns to rest. I look forward to working with Juan further as we control our issues. Juan is truly an asset to the Fox Family!!

Wayne Viehweg

Greg was great! very knowledgeable and willing to check all spaces for mice/rodent activity. Placed the proper traps as well as sprayed for spiders/insects in my crawl space as well as main living area and exterior of my home and garage. He even brushed the whole exterior clear of any webs and applied tick/ant granular to my mulch and grass areas. They will come back in 14days to check the progress. I Would defiantly recommend Fox Pest Control to anyone with an pest issue.

Ryan Hoyle

When Juan , my service technician arrived today, he asked me about issues I had with pests and rodents. I was happy to say no rodents, but the wasps were on the rise again and the flies were getting out of control. During my service call Juan did an excellent job explaining the treatments he would be doing today and results I should see in the upcoming days. He removed 4 wasp nests from the mailbox and happy to report no return of wasp to the shed. Juan, GREAT JOB!

Regina Norman

Our technician Jerry was incredible. He took care of our rodents problem and our spiders and ants. He took his time and talked to me and my family about what happened. He walked us through the whole thing. Im impressed on how he did and how everything turned out. I definitely would recommend Jerry if you have any problems and he will come to the rescue and help take care of everything.

Jordyn Murphy

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