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Rodents are small mammals belonging to the order Rodentia. All rodents are characterized by two incisors that never stop growing. To keep them short, the rodent must continuously gnaw. The most common rodents in the New York metropolitan area are mice and rats, but we also commonly deal with squirrels and chipmunks.

Why are they in my house?

Rodents generally find their way inside in search of food, warmth and shelter, especially during the winter months as they try to avoid the cold New York weather. They enjoy hiding in areas of low traffic and where there are plenty of hiding places. They are often found hiding in walls and in cluttered attics, basements, or crawlspaces.

Are rodents dangerous?

Yes. Rodents are known to spread many different disease causing bacteria and viruses, including Salmonella. Deer mice are common carriers of Hantavirus, the cause of the often fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. Their chewing can also become an issue, as chewed wires can short and become a significant fire hazard.

What does it take to get rid of rodents?

Rodents are extremely difficult to get rid of. They breed very rapidly and are extremely elusive. Your best option is to call your local New York exterminator. Parkway Pest Services stands ready to assist you with tracking down and eliminating the mouse, rat, or squirrel problem in your home or business and all of our technicians are graduates of the New York City Rodent Control Academy.

How soon can you get here?

At Parkway, we understand that it is important to you to take care of your pest problem as soon as possible; therefore it is important to us, as well. Emergency and same day service is available and in most cases we can be there the very next day.

Is the treatment safe?

Here at Parkway Pest Services, we pride ourselves on being Green Shield Certified and we use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, to make certain our treatments are much safer for you and your family. IPM techniques include far fewer uses of chemicals, using them only as a last resort. Instead, we focus on baiting and the exclusion of pests.

How can I prevent a future infestation?

Rodents can be very difficult to prevent. Mice need an opening of less than the size of a dime to gain access to a structure and rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter. Seal any outside entry points, including tears in screens, cracks in foundations or walls and openings around pipes and vents. However, if this is not enough, Parkway’s protection plans provide constant protection from mice and many other common New York pests. Call us today for more information.

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