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Rodent control

Your neighborhood Terminix® professionals know how rats, mice and other rodents behave in your area. They will inspect your home from top to bottom looking for signs of activity and entry points before customizing a plan to get them out and keep them from coming back.

How rodent control works

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 a customized plan.

Exclusion

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

Annual inspection

We will conduct an annual inspection each year for as long as you keep your plan. We will inspect previously secured entry points and check for new vulnerabilities.

The Nix Pest Guarantee means you can relax knowing we'll nix your rodent and wildlife problem and keep it nixed for as long as you keep your plan. If they do return, we will come back -- at no additional cost to you.3

We know rodent control

  • 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 teammates will come out to inspect your home, free of charge. Based on what is found, your Terminix professional will customize a plan for rodent removal and ongoing protection.

  • 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 not leaving food and dirty dishes out, storing food properly, emptying your garbage cans nightly and cleaning crumbs off the kitchen counters. But you may have exterior entry points that you aren’t aware of. Terminix mice and rat exterminators are trained to find those entry points and properly seal them off to prevent rodents from entering your home.

  • How much does mice and rat control cost?

    The cost of rodent control can vary by your home’s location, size and the extent of the rat or mouse infestation. Terminix customizes rodent control plans based on your unique situation and needs. And with over 90+ years of experience and on-staff entomologists, we’ve seen it all and know how to solve your problem. And if you need a rat or mice exterminator, you can get started with a FREE rodent inspection.

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 have to deal with mice every fall and winter. The following techniques will help prevent and control any problems: 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. Place live traps inside the garage on either side of the doorway, making sure children and pets don't have access to them. 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. 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 mice?

Mice are best controlled by using traps – either snap traps, live traps or a combination of the two. When using snap traps, use different baits (chocolate, peanut butter, etc) on the traps and place them where the mice are active – but where children and pets can’t get to them. Also, seal exterior cracks and holes and put weather strips on doors to help prevent new mice from entering. Mice only need a quarter-inch hole to enter. Terminix professionals are trained to find these entry points, and 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, traps are effective because the bodies can be easily removed. With baits, you run the risk of the rodent dying inside a wall or in a place where you cannot remove it. This may cause an unpleasant odor. In some cases, you need to use both traps and baits. Rodent bait should be used only in tamper-resistant rodent stations. Baits should NEVER be placed unsecured where children or pets could access them. We recommend contacting Terminix for help, and you can get started with a FREE inspection.

What are the best baits for mice or rats?

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. Work the bait onto the trap’s trigger so that it’s hard for the rodent to get it off and it will be forced to climb the trigger. Or you can always call Terminix to come and inspect your problem and properly set baits and traps.

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