Why You Should Call The Pros About Rodents On Your Chicago Property

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In it’s most basic form, a home is a set of protective walls, a waterproof roof, a durable floor, and some form of air conditioning to stay warm or cool. The luxuries of appliances, beds, furniture, and entertainment devices are all a bonus. One thing that is not a good “bonus” to a home, however, is a rodent infestation. If you suspect these furry pests are crawling around and causing trouble inside your Chicago home, here is why you should call a professional immediately.

A Few Facts You Should Know About Rodents

The first thing you should know about rodents is that not all species invade homes. Beavers are a great example of a rodent that prefers living out in the wild and would only try to invade your home if faced with immediate and certain harm if they didn’t try to get indoors. Rats and mice, on the other hand, regularly invade homes and cause a fair amount of problems as they do so. To help you better understand these two invasive rodents, here are a few facts you should know about these pests.

Rats and mice have sharp and strong teeth which they use to chew through walls, vinyl siding, cinderblocks, plastic, and any other objects that stand in between them and a place they want to go. Rats and mice are hyper-intelligent creatures. Using observation and adaptive learning, these pests figure out the best way to travel through homes, avoid danger, and scavenge for food.

Rats and mice are typically dexterous. Some rats, such as roof rats, can jump over four feet and use this skill to leap from tree branches onto the rooves of homes. Rats and mice will also regularly scale gutters and or the sides of buildings to look for entry points higher up.

Why DIY Pest Control Doesn’t Work With Rodents

As previously mentioned, rodents are incredibly intelligent creatures. This allows them to sneak through homes undetected, avoid traps after they figure out what they do, and navigate their way in and out of food storage areas. This makes treating these pests challenging. Traps only work with infestations of a couple of rodents, chemical-based treatments are dangerous to humans when applied improperly or in the wrong locations, and noise-based deterrents just make rodents irritable and don’t force them to leave your home. Our recommendation is to leave rodent control to the professionals. This is the only way to guarantee these pests will get and stay out.

Some Ways To Prevent Rodents

Although rodents are difficult to eliminate, they are not impossible to prevent. To reduce your home’s chances of a rodent infestation, try these simple tricks:

  • Make sure your home’s exterior is properly sealed.
  • Address water build-up and moisture issues around your home.
  • Avoid feeding your pets outdoors and clean out their bowls after every meal.
  • Thoroughly clean your home at least once a week and try to keep up with messes as they occur.
  • Store leftover foods, pet foods, and food stored in plastic bags or cardboard boxes inside airtight containers.
  • Make sure your trash cans are equipped with rodent-proof lids.

To guarantee rodents steer clear of your Chicago property or remove them from your home, turn to the experts at Aerex Pest Control. Using advanced pest control techniques and industrial grade treatments, we will make sure these furry pests know they don’t belong indoors.

Get in touch today to learn more about our comprehensive rodent control plans and find a solution that best fits your Chicago property’s needs.

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