Rodents in America: a graphic explanation

Rodents are destructive. They chew through wood and electrical wires, destroy insulation and get inside interior walls, urinating and leaving droppings, and spreading diseases. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of rodent control. St. Louis-based Blue Chip provides tips on what to be aware of and why.


Now is the time most infestations occur

As the weather turns cooler and natural food sources diminish, rodents begin to seek shelter and food indoors. Your home and office are attractive options.


Where do infestations occur?


Because rodents enter your home seeking a food source, the kitchen is where 50% of infestations occur. Second to that is the basement, then living rooms and your attic and garage. It’s important to keep all food stored tightly and put away—especially pet food and bird seed.


What should I know about rodents?


  • With gestation being as short as three weeks, they multiply like wildfire. One female mouse or rat can have up to 12 babies. Every three weeks.
  • Rodents can squeeze through openings the size of a quarter or even a dime, entering your home easily
  • They carry diseases such as ticks, fleas, and lice and spread salmonella
  • They mark their territory constantly through urination


What can I do to prevent rodent infestations?


  • Close off cracks, holes, and any other small space where they could enter
  • Reinforce windows and your foundation with weather stripping
  • Keep firewood off the ground and at least 20 feet from your home
  • Fix leaky pipes, clogged drains, and eliminate any other water source
  • Remove clutter, clean up food, and seal pet food and bird seed


Rodent control is essential this time of year as these pests cause all kinds of problems behind the scenes in your home or office that you may not even be aware of until it’s too late. Not only do they spread diseases and contaminate food, they cause structural damage through chewing that can start fires.

Call Blue Chip today to get a handle on the behind the scenes activity lurking in your home or office.

Rodent Control St. Louis
Courtesy of the NPMA