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Rodent Control for Homeowners

If you live in New England, the chances of having a rodent issue is highly likely. Mice and rats have become exceptionally common and they are notorious for seeking shelter inside homes. Rodents go beyond just being a nuisance pest issue; they pose serious health and safety risks.  They are also capable of significant home damages resulting in value depreciation. Both rural and urban settings throughout New England have experienced an increase in rodent populations over the last few years and this is why rodents have become one of the most frequent service calls we receive.

Mice and rats alike are particularly difficult pests due to rapid reproduction and their uncanny ability to gain access to almost any structure.

A single rodent sighting is typically an indicator of a much larger population within a structure.

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Rodent Hot Spots

Rodents are content hiding just about anywhere but residential homes are especially attractive since they offer abundant food, water, and shelter. Common entry points are small holes or gaps in roofing, rafters, gables, eaves, around windows, around doors, around the foundation, attic and crawl space vents, under doors, around holes for electrical, plumbing, cable, and gas lines. Once rodents are inside a home, common locations for activity are:

  • Attics
  • Wall voids
  • Crawl spaces
  • Basements
  • Air ducts or venting systems
  • Insulation

Dangers in a Home

Rodents are capable of carrying, and transmitting disease if they come in contact with humans. The most likely scenario however is humans coming into contact with rodent droppings (often the first clue a discovered with a rodent issue). Rodent droppings contain allergens and bacteria such as salmonella as well as a less common but serious disease called hantavirus.

It’s estimated that around 25% of all house fires with unknown causes are the result of rodents. They are notorious chewers of everything but electrical wiring is a serious problem because rodents frequently strip the protective insulation from wiring which creates a direct fire hazard.

rodent chewing wires

The Rodent Control Experts Since 1925

We don’t take our job lightly. Our service professionals get rodents out, and keep them out. Control starts with assessment - determining current conditions that are causing or contributing to a rodent issue sets the groundwork for our service professionals to craft a control plan that works, period. 

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Our Rodent Control Process

Identifying the issue and confirming the source of entry is key to effectively sealing off the rodents’ points of access into and out of the home. Using research-based methods, our team is then able to develop and deliver a comprehensive rodent control program, designed to address the immediate problem and prevent future issues.

  • 1. Assess
  • 2. Control
  • 3. Prevent
  • 4. Document
  • 5. Monitor & Follow-up

Don't Let Rodents Get Comfortable in Your Home

JP Pest Library

Common House Mouse

Common House Mouse

The house mouse is the most successful and most prevalent mammal on the planet. It can breed rapidly and quickly adapt to changing conditions.

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
2 – 4” in length / .05 – 1 oz. in weight
Throughout the U.S.
Deer Mouse

Deer Mouse

The deer mouse seeks shelter in structures during the winter to escape the elements and search for food. Deer mice are not dependent on human food and will often nest away from high traffic areas like the kitchen.

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
3-4″ in length / 0.4-1.1 oz in weight
Throughout Northern Region
Norway Rat

Norway Rat

Norway rats are thought to have been first introduced from Asia, but are now found throughout the world. They are much larger than mice and have small eyes and ears and short tails.

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
7-9.5” in length / 7-18 oz. in weight
Throughout the U.S.


Laura E.
Wakefield, MA

Justin is very thorough and knowledgeable about wildlife behavior. We had a successful evacuation of wildlife. And very importantly it was completed without causing harm to the bats. He also assisted with ideas regarding a mother squirrel and her babies that allowed them to move out on their own before closing up the eave they were using. They are safely back in the trees. Thanks to Justin for his professionalism.

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