Humans can become ill from rat-borne diseases through direct contact with rats, contact with rat droppings, or by being bitten by the fleas, mites, and lice that rats carry on their bodies. The Oriental rat flea is the greatest threat to humans living in proximity to rats, because this flea’s bite can transmit plague, typhus and tularemia to humans.

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Landmark Pest Management solves rat and rodent problems in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Our commitment to protecting the environment and human health and safety leads us to use the most modern methods drawn from science to control rodents.

Restricting access to food, water, warmth and harborage is key to a sanitation program to control rats. Using metal garbage cans with tight-fitting lids, feeding pets indoors, and cleaning up pet droppings are three simple improvements that help reduce an overpopulation of rats.

Rat Control in Chicago and the Surrounding Suburbs

Landmark’s commitment to the environment guides our every choice. When rat control is needed beyond sanitation, Landmark will first determine if the infestation can be solved with trapping alone.

While trapping requires more expertise and return visits than other methods, it has many advantages. One advantage of trapping is the avoidance of rodenticides. While rodenticides are essential for controlling large-scale or severe infestations, their effects can spread through the food chain impacting birds of prey and non-target wildlife.

Another benefit of trapping rats instead of using rodenticides is that it avoids the nuisance of having a poisoned rat die within the walls of a structure, which can lead to odor and the presence of flies, and may necessitate opening a wall to remove it.

When rodenticide products are needed to solve a rat problem, sanitation and structural improvements are made to reduce reliance on rodenticides over time.

Landmark Seals Rats Out with Structural Improvements

Sealing gaps to build rats out is the best long-term solution to rat infestation. Even small unprotected openings are an invitation to rats. Rats dart under exposed doors, climb across power lines and enter where flashing is inadequate and where gaps around pipe chases permit them to crawl inside. Gaps as small as a quarter inch provide enough access for rodents to infiltrate your building.

Xcluder EXCLUDER Rodent Proof Pest Control Door SweepsDoors lacking door sweeps are the most common rat entry point. Many buildings are equipped with inadequate bristle-style door sweeps that are designed to reduce entry by insects, but these do little to exclude rats, since rodents can chew or part their soft bristles. Landmark installs rodent-proof door sweeps that feature metal fibers encased in a bulb of weather stripping. These durable sweeps prevent both rats and drafts from passing beneath the door.

In addition to infesting the inside of buildings, rats burrow and build tunnels in planters, shrubs, and flowerbeds. To protect plantings, Landmark installs strong materials in planters and planting beds that prevent rats from burrowing. Installing these materials is easiest if done before planting occurs.

Construction Site Rodent Abatement in Chicago

While you may be aware of Chicago’s long-standing law surrounding the need to provide rodent abatement prior to application for a demolition permit, many construction firms are still unaware that a new ordinance went into effect on March 25, 2015.

The City of Chicago New Construction Rodent Abatement Ordinance requires sites to hire a professional to perform rodent abatement throughout each site’s ground breaking process. Because rodents live underground and excavation forces them to seek refuge in neighboring properties and equipment, the ordinance applies to any construction site that requires a building permit that includes excavation, and mandates that a rodent abatement plan be maintained throughout the excavation process of any new construction within City limits. The ordinance will be enforced by the City of Chicago’s Department of Buildings in conjunction with Streets and Sanitation. Penalties for failure to comply may include stop work orders, fines, and imprisonment.

Landmark makes compliance easy. As a pest control firm specializing in the unique needs of construction sites, we are here to help you meet the pest control requirements outlined in the Municipal Code Section 2-100-110 regarding new construction site rodent abatement. We can supply you with the pest control service and compliance documentation needed for your firm to satisfy its responsibility under Chicago’s New Construction Site Rodent Abatement Ordinance.

Partnering with Landmark Pest Management is simple and carries added benefits.  Our service includes all equipment, set up, service, and takedown, and our State-Certified nuisance wildlife biologists and structural pest control technicians maintain stations weekly.

To arrange rodent abatement for your construction sites, please call our office or email help@landmarkpest.com.

Free Construction Site Rodent Abatement Ordinance Education

If your Project Managers would benefit from knowing more about how Landmark Pest Control services for demolition and excavation can help keep your projects on track, Landmark will send a State-Certified expert to your office for a free 20-minute training on rodent abatement laws.

Client education is key when it comes to green pest control. It is only in partnership with you, our valuable client, that we can perform exemplary pest control with a commitment to the environment. Please join us in having rigorous environmental health standards by requesting an Integrated Pest Management plan for your next project.