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Rodent control

Your neighborhood Terminix® professionals know how rats and mice behave in your area. We'll inspect your home, looking for signs of activity and entry points, before customizing a rodent control program to help get rid of rodents – and keep them from coming back.

Common types of rodents we nix

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Roof rats

No one wants roof rats in or around their house. Rodents live mostly outside, but they could enter your home at any time. Learn more.

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Norway rats

Outside, Norway rats live in fields, wooded areas, vacant lots, farms and just about anywhere people have buildings. Learn more.

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House mice

Mice are found in almost every part of the country from urban to rural areas, and are especially prevalent in urban and suburban communities. Learn more.

How rodent control works

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Rodent inspection

Your Terminix professional will conduct a thorough inspection to determine where and how rodents are entering your home. We'll report our findings and develop integrated pest management solutions that may include a combination of rodenticides, tamper-resistant bait stations, and live traps to offer the best chance of success.

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Removal

First, Terminix professionals will remove any rodents from your home. Then, we'll seal up entry points to keep them from re-entering your home.

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Annual inspection

Your Terminix professional will conduct a thorough inspection to determine where and how rodents are entering your home. We'll report our findings and develop a customized plan.

We know rodent control

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    Which rodents are covered under Terminix Rodent Control services?

    Rats, mice, bats, tree squirrels, and flying squirrels are all covered with Terminix rodent control services. If you're having issues with these pests, or want to prevent these rodents from entering your home in the first place, contact Terminix and one of our trained experts will come out to inspect your home, free of charge. Your Terminix professional will customize a plan for rodent removal and ongoing protection based on what they find during their inspection.

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    How do you get rid of rodents?

    Rats, mice and other rodents invade your home looking for food, shelter and water. You can help keep rodents away by controlling food sources, including keeping pet food properly sealed. In addition, avoid leaving food and dirty dishes out, store food properly in sealed containers, empty your garbage cans nightly, and clean crumbs off kitchen counters. While maintaining proper home hygiene is a good start to help keep rodents at bay, you may have exterior entry points that you aren't aware of where these pests keep getting in. Terminix mice and rat exterminators are trained to find those entry points and properly seal them off to prevent rodents from entering your home.

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    How much does mice and rat control cost?

    The cost of rat control, mouse control, and other types of rodent control can vary by your home's location, size and the extent of the infestation. Terminix customizes rodent control plans based on your unique situation and needs. With over 95 years of experience and on-staff entomologists, we've seen it all and know how to solve your problem. If you think you may have a rat or mouse problem, get in touch with us for a free rodent inspection.

What treatment methods does Terminix use to control rodents?

Rodent control is a major issue for many homeowners. Rats and mice can spread pathogens that cause diseases, contaminate food and cause structural damage. Rodents are also accomplished chewers, known for gnawing their way through barriers with their powerful front teeth. In fact, the word rodent originates from the French word, rodere, which means “to gnaw."

Terminix offers integrated pest solutions that combine a variety of methods, tailored to your unique infestation problem. Rodent control consists of prevention methods, as well as trapping methods. Depending on your situation, Terminix personalized rodent control plans may include:

  • Sealing holes inside and outside your home to prevent entry
  • Rodent traps strategically placed to control the rodent population
  • Recommendations for blocking food sources that make your home attractive to rodents
  • Tamper-resistant bait stations and rodenticides, in some instances

What are the risks of rodents in my home?

If you notice signs of rodents inside your house, you should act quickly. Rodents can cause serious problems, such as disease, allergens, and rodent bites. An infestation of rodents can also cause property damage. If you suspect rodents are in your home, call Terminix as soon as you can, so we can help get your problem under control.

Spread of disease and allergens

Rodents are known to carry a variety of disease-causing pathogens. Among these diseases, hantavirus is a virus in North America that is typically spread by certain types of rats and mice. A person or pet can become infected through exposure to rodent feces, urine, bites, or food that has been contaminated by rodents. You are at risk even if you are exposed to dust that has been contaminated with rodent droppings.

Rodent infestation

If you see one rodent, there are likely more nearby. Rodents reproduce quickly, causing a population boom. An infestation of rodents creates a greater risk for disease and property damage. Seek out the aid of a pest control professional to help control your rodent problem.

Rodent and flea bites

While rodent bites are not very common, a rat or mouse may possibly bite if cornered. Rodent bites can directly transmit disease-causing pathogens, such as rat bite fever or Lassa fever. Rats also carry a variety of parasites – such as fleas and ticks – that can indirectly transmit disease-causing pathogens. For instance, if a pest that has fed on a rodent bites a human, it can spread pathogens that may cause diseases such as Lyme disease or Colorado tick fever.

Property damage

Rodents can chew through wires and cause damage to wooden beams, metal or plastic pipes, and insulation in your walls. They are expert climbers and adept at finding ways to get into your stored food, including pet food. Rodents have strong teeth to gnaw their way through obstacles. Without professional help to control rodents, you risk damage to your property, including possible electrical fires due to chewed wires.

What's my next step to exterminate rodents?

While it may be tempting to try the variety of DIY rodent control products available at local stores, these methods can prove to be ineffective or even hazardous to the people living in your house when used improperly. Enlisting the aid of a Terminix professional at the first sign of an infestation can offer you the best chance of controlling a rodent infestation.

We'll come over to inspect your home and devise a customized treatment plan to help get rid of your rodent population and prevent future infestations.

Our professionals also conduct annual inspections to make sure the sealants are holding tight and no new rodents have invaded your home. Calling in the professionals ensures your home stays rodent-free, giving you peace of mind.

Frequently asked rodent control questions
How do I get rid of field mice?

If you live by a field or in the woods, it's likely that you'll deal with mice every fall and winter. Taking a preventive approach to barring their entry to your home can help head off problems with these pests. Seal as many openings and holes in the exterior walls as possible and put weather strips on the bottom of all doors – especially the garage door – to prevent mice from entering. If you can stick a pencil through a crack or hole, a mouse can squeeze through it. Make sure all foundation and attic vents have one-quarter-inch hardware cloths tightly fitted over the opening and do the same for any turbine vents in the roof. Trim all tree branches at least 10 feet from the roof. While these preventive measures can help, you may need to contact pest control specialists if field mice have taken up residence in your home. Terminix professionals are trained to find entry points and know where and how to properly place bait or traps for effectiveness.

How do I get rid of house mice?

If mice are already active in your house, calling a pest professional can offer you a more effective path to treating your problem than DIY methods. Terminix professionals will set effective bait and traps in key areas of your house. Mice only need a quarter-inch hole to enter. Terminix professionals are trained to find these entry points, and will customize a plan to seal them to keep mice from coming back.

How do I get rid of rats?

When it comes to controlling a rat problem, we recommend contacting the professionals at Terminix for help. Taking the DIY route to getting rid of rats can be risky. Baits should never be placed unsecured where children or pets can access them. A Terminix professional can assess your rat problem and, if bait and traps are part of a recommended course of action, can advise on safe and proper placement. Contact Terminix for a free inspection.

How do I tell the difference between rats and mice?

A good way to tell the difference between rats and mice is by examining their fecal droppings. Mouse droppings are shorter with pointy ends, while rat droppings are larger and more brick-shaped. Learn more about the differences between rats and mice.

What are the best rodent baits for mice or rats?

Setting traps for mice and rats on your own is often ineffective. Contrary to popular belief, cheese is not a good bait for mice or rats. Peanut butter and chocolate work well as long as you don't put too much on the trap. Enlisting the aid of a Terminix professional means that they can diagnose the most effective spots to place traps, as well as properly set baits and traps to take care of your rodent problem.

What attracts rats to your house?

Rats seek shelter in areas that provide them with a source of food and water. Rats may be attracted to your house if they can smell food that is not properly stored, such as pet food, bird seed, fruits and vegetables from your garden, and even crumbs on your floor.

Are rats dangerous?

Yes. Rats can bite when cornered. They also carry fleas and ticks that can indirectly pass on disease-causing pathogens. Additionally, rat saliva and droppings pose serious health risks to humans and pets.

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