Rats and Mice. Information, Identification, and Control for Commercial and Residential Rodent Control | Rodent Control Staten Island

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Rodent problems can be problematic. They can quickly get into small spaces, which makes properly sealing your perimeter very challenging. Not only that, but once they are in they breed quickly and can cause damage to the interior of your walls, ceilings, and floors. Getting rid of a rodent infestation can take several visits from a pest control specialist before fully being solved if not properly handled early on.

Rats and mice have been responsible for or implicated in the spread of various diseases to people and domestic animals for years. Because of big improvements in sanitation, medicine, and pest control, the rodent issue has become much less severe. However small the threat may be, it should still be kept in mind. A problem can start and quickly become out of hand in just a couple of weeks! 

Staten Island isn’t usually considered to have a big rodent problem, but you would be surprised how many calls we get related to rodents in Staten Island compared to the rest of the areas we service.

Here are some of the reasons why Staten Island and New Jersey rodents can be a bigger problem than you might think:

Staten Island is known for the largest open grassy areas and forests of any of the five boroughs of New York City. It just so happens that these are a mouse’s favorite places to live and grow. Mice are durable little creatures that naturally live in forests and grasslands, but have acquired a taste for taking up residency in man made structures as well. 


When living in the wild, mice burrow underground. Burrowing helps to protect them from natural predators and anything else that could do them harm. Burrowing tends to be much easier here in grassy Staten Island than it is in Manhattan or Brooklyn!

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Where to be Looking for Signs of Rodents at Home.

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Rats, mice and other common rodents will leave common signs that they are out and about. Keep an eye out for these few things to notice immediately when you might have a special guest in your home.

The Ten Most Common Signs of Rodent Presence to Look for are:

  • Droppings or feces
  • Tracks
  • Gnawing damage
  • Burrows
  • Runways
  • Grease marks or rub marks
  • Urine stains (which can be discovered with a black light)
  • Live or dead rodents
  • Rodent sounds
  • Rodent odors (especially mice)

There are Several Types of Commonly Found Rodents in Staten Island.

The Opossum

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The Opossum is one of the most common Staten Island residents when it comes to the rodent population. Raccoons and Opossums are nocturnal and can occasionally be caught in the head lights of your car as you drive along. 

Other than that, they are known by the mess that they leave behind. Opossums will tear up your trash looking for food.

They like to nest in warm places. This, paired with the fact that we have been destroying much of their natural habitat, will lead to Opossums seeking shelter in car wheel wells and homes that they can find their way into.

Setting traps using food is generally the best way to lure them out.

Common House Mouse

Image result for house mouseThe most common mouse that you would find in the Staten Island and greater New York City area is the short haired house mouse. these mice can appear in brown, white or gray colors or any combination imaginable.

One of the things house mice are known most for is their ability to reproduce very quickly. This can spell disaster for a homeowner with a mouse problem that could rapidly become out of hand. Quick and accurate treatment and trapping are necessary more for these than any other pests.

General trapping is the best way to take care of this problem. With more serious issues, a fumigation is also an option for extermination. Peanut butter or cheese are good options in luring them out for trapping.