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Chicagoland Rodent Control and Removal

Sealing Mice Out of Homes and Businesses Since 1976

Do you live in the Chicagoland area and have mice in your house? Scurrying or scratching noises in your garage, attic, crawlspace or basement might mean you have unwanted visitors. If so, we can help. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has the experience, resources, and training to both eliminate your current mouse infestation and protect your home against future infestations. Cracks in a building’s foundation, gaps between siding and the building’s exterior, and exhaust vents are all common areas of access for mice. Eliminating these cracks and gaps with specially designed animal proofing materials can help prevent mice from getting in to your house.  Give us a call today at 1-847-870-7175 and ask about our mouse removal and animal proofing services.

Mouse Identification

ABC-Humane-Wildlife-MouseHouse mice are one of the most well-known rodents and are easy to identify. They are small, slender rodents, grey or brown in color, and range from 5 to 8 inches in length (including the tail). A typical house mouse weighs less than an ounce. They are one of the most troublesome rodents and cause problems for home and business owners alike.

Mice are prolific breeders. Over the course of a year, a single female is capable of having 5-10 litters of 5-6 young per litter. This means that 2 mice can easily turn into 60 in less than a year.

A mouse infestation can be determined by a mouse sighting, finding mouse droppings, or by the presence of finely shredded paper or other fibrous materials.  Mice use these materials to build nests. They also have a musky odor that can indicate their presence in or around your home. Mice are nocturnal and cause loud sounds in walls and ceilings.  Because these spaces can echo, scratching sounds are often amplified, and they may sound like much larger animals. If you hear these noises or see a mouse in your living space, it is a sign that there is probably a very large mouse population in your home, and you should contact a professional immediately.

Habitat of Mice in Northern Illinois

The house mouse is common throughout the United States, including Northern Illinois. House mice live in and around homes, commercial buildings, and farms. They are commonly found in open fields and agricultural areas. They feed on cereal grain, but they can adapt to many different food sources depending on what is available.

Damage Caused by Mice

Mice cause damage both in the process of gaining entry into a structure and in feeding and nesting once they’ve breached the living space. The house mouse can enter from any number of small holes in your home including openings and cracks less than a half inch in diameter. These openings can be created or expanded by the rodents.

Mice usually seek shelter in homes in the winter and spring.  They are most commonly found inside attics, walls, basements, and crawl spaces. In addition to feeding on and contaminating stored food, mice can destroy items stored in basements and attics, including valuable family heirlooms.  They create structural damage by continually chewing and building nests and also gnaw on electrical wiring, which is a serious fire hazard.

When mice have been in a home for a prolonged period of time, it is not unusual to find destroyed attic insulation. Mice create tunnels through the insulation, reducing its effectiveness. They also contaminate the area with urine and feces.

Mice Health Concerns

Mice find and eat food meant for humans and pets, contaminating the food with droppings, urine, and hair. Mouse excrement and urine can carry dangerous parasites and bacterium, like salmonellosis, that can be life-threatening to humans in certain situations.

Contact ABC Wildlife – Chicagoland’s Mouse Experts

You should contact a professional mouse control and removal service as soon as you identify any potential mouse problem. Call 1-847-870-7175 to talk with our friendly and helpful staff today. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has over 40 years of experience in rodent control, prevention, and repair.

We have both the knowledge and tools to get rid of your mouse problem no matter how simple or complex. Every one of our courteous, professional staff members is trained in mouse removal, control, and remediation techniques as well as how to identify a mouse infestation and prevent future damage to your home.

ABC Wildlife Mouse Control Service Area

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention is an animal control and prevention provider based in Arlington Heights, IL. For over 40 years, we have served individual home owners, commercial business owners, property managers, and municipal customers dealing with mouse infestations and other property damage caused by mice. Some of the major areas we service include:

  • Naperville, Aurora, Elmhurst, Wheaton and most of Dupage County
  • Barrington, Arlington Heights, and Cook County
  • Lake Forest, Northbrook, Winnetka and all of the Northshore
  • Select areas of Lake, Will, and Kane counties: Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, and more!

If you are located anywhere in Northern Illinois or the Chicago metro area, please contact us today at 1-847-870-7175 and our expert animal control specialists will be happy to help.

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What They Say About ABC Humane Wildlife

I arranged for them to install wire screening on 2 sides of a concrete stoop to prevent animals from digging under my porch. (I have used this company in the past to remove animals from other parts of my property. They suggested this proactive work.) They called to remind me several days before their appointment. They came as promised. They did a great job of preserving landscaping gravel on the side before they dug. After digging down approximately 18 inches, they installed wire mesh screening down the 2 sides of the stoop. They then covered the area with the dirt and final layer of landscaping stones. You couldn’t even tell the area had been excavated when they were done!
Debra Walker – Downers Grove, IL
We had bees crawling under exterior siding through a gap between siding and brick wall and wanted them eliminated. Phil the technician from ABC arrived at the scheduled time. He observed the bees and identified them as yellow jackets. Phil said he could eradicate them with a powder treatment and the bee activity would die down in a couple of days and we would be finished with the problem. Phil said if we still noticed bee activity after 7 days to call ABC and they would come back to re-treat the nest at no charge. It is just 3 days since Phil treated the nest and we have observed zero bee activity. We are very happy with the service and the remedy to our problem.
Elizabeth Monahan – Chicago, IL
One by one, they removed a family of nine flying squirrels from our attic. The attic was completely cleaned and sanitized, and new insulation as blown in. All went well. It was easy to make appointments with ABC Humane Wildlife Control, and they were all very profession and prompt with their service. We dealt with many on their staff while trying to catch all the squirrels, and each of the representatives were friendly and helpful. We had some issues with the condition of some of the traps, but that was eventually resolved. They are a very helpful organization and the staff is very knowledgeable.
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