Rodent Control in Chicago Heights, IL (Illinois)

As with most large urban areas, Chicago has a persistent rodent problem, and it has been increasing over the past several years due to continued deforestation in the city as well as middle winters. As rats, in particular, don’t hibernate, they forage all year round, and warm winter temps keep them on the move. 

According to the Chicago Tribune, calls to City Hall regarding rodent problems were up 28% over previous years.

Winter, already a season that sees increased illness vulnerability in humans, can have increased risks due to rodent infestation; rodent feces can cause disease in people and pets. Rodents can chew through electrical wiring and cause a risk of fire in the home. Harsh winters are also a problem, as they cause rodents to seek shelter in warm places, and it is estimated that up to 21 million homes in the US have a rodent problem.

Signs of an Infestation

In order to properly deal with rodent control in Chicago Heights, you must first determine what kind of problem you have. You’ll have to answer questions like whether the dropping piles you have uncovered are old or fresh.  Is the gnawing you’ve notice recent or dated?

Other signs of an infestation can include chewing on the corners of food boxes in the pantry, scurrying noises at night as the animals move from their nest to foraging areas, tracks or footprints.

Urban rodents in Chicago can include common mice, rats, voles, shrews, moles, and gophers.  If you don’t actually see any of the pests during the day, it’s like the problem is still small; if you begin seeing a population during daylight hours, the problem has reached the critical stage.

There are a number of preventative steps you can take to help minimize the problem:

  • Store boxes and containers off the floor to prevent pests from making them a home.
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the house.
  • Store food in containers with lids.
  • Keep your outdoor grill areas clean, and do not leave pet food outside.
  • Use garbage cans that you can seal the lids on.

As rodents can carry disease, cause other problems, and reproduce so rapidly, home invading rodents are not a problem that homeowners should deal with on their own.  Licensed and professionally trained pest professionals are well suited to treat infestations.

Professional rodent control services in Chicago Heights, Illinois, have the training necessary to deal with problems and recommend and implement the most effective treatment for rodent control.

The costs of utilizing a professional rodent control service can be tremendously less than having to deal with the substantial costs of repairing damage to your home or dealing with health problems. Once the initial situation is under control, many pest services offer economical maintenance programs to help avoid future problems.


The following are a list of zip codes in serviceable areas in the  Chicago Heights, Illinois area:  60411  60412

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