Rodents are one of the most common types of pests, and they can be found around the entire country. Did you know in the fall & winter seasons, they find their way into around 21 million homes in the United States? According to a survey by the National Pest Management Association, nearly one-third of all Americans have had a rodent infestation in their homes. There are many different types of rodents who invade homes during these cooler months, and they are usually in search of shelter and food. This doesn’t mean they aren’t still causing issues in the warmer months, but the cooler months are just where they are more common. The majority of homeowners report sightings of rodents in their basements, living rooms, and most commonly in their kitchens.

A mouse or rat problem inside of a business or home can become a major threat to both property and health. Salmonella and other types of bacteria can be spread through various types of common rodents. They are also capable of triggering asthma attacks and allergies. They have been known to carry disease-causing parasites such as lice, fleas, and ticks. Besides health threats, rodents are known to damage wood as well as drywall and can also chew through electrical systems, which greatly increases the risk of electrical fires.

Professional rodent prevention tactics and awareness are vital in keeping both property and people safe. Rats can fit through openings that are as small as a quarter of an inch in width. Once inside, female rodents can breed quickly. An example would be a single female mouse being able to have up to 12 young every 3 weeks. This allows infestations to grow at a rapid pace. Listed below are the different types of rodents that are most commonly seen in the Collinsville, IL area during this fall & winter.

Deer Mice


House Mice

Norway Rats


If you discover or suspect you have a rodent infestation, make sure to call us at IMEL Pest Control. We will send one of our trained exterminators out to make sure these pests are gone from your homes for good!