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Rats and mice aren’t the only types of rodent infestations that our technicians at Imperial Pest Control are called in to deal with. Other rodents we frequently control are:

  • Squirrels

  • Chipmunks

  • Muskrats

  • Groundhogs

  • Voles

Rodents are characterised by their two front incisors that grow continuously during their lifetime. These teeth have to be kept down by frequent, daily gnawing, which is why rodents often cause so much damage to human property. Most rodents also enjoy eating plants, seeds, and other vegetative parts, though some also enjoy eating grubs and insects on occasion.

Squirrels are one of the most dangerous of rodent pests in the Ontario region, and carry the same kinds of disease-causing bacteria and ectoparasites such as fleas, ticks and lice as rats and mice. Their excrement and urine is a further health hazard, and when squirrels die hidden away in closed wall and roof spaces, or in other hard-to-access locations, the subsequent decay of their carcasses can be both foul smelling and provide an attractive breeding ground for flies, fleas and other insect pests.

Squirrels cause extensive damage to property, particularly when they gnaw holes in roofs, gutters, soffits, eaves and attics in order to break in and hibernate during the cold winter months. They have even been known to create fire hazards by gnawing through electric wiring.

At Imperial Pest Control, we find that the best ways to control and prevent squirrel invasions is to trap and remove offending animals, and then set up baits and take other effective measures to ensure that they can’t get back in.

You will know you have a squirrel problem if you frequently see numerous squirrels running about your yard, in your trees, across power and telephone lines or along fence tops. You may also see squirrel droppings, or hear odd scratching noises in your attic or shed that sound louder than any sort of noise rats could make.


Despite what most people think, no – cheese isn’t one of the most effective foods that you can put in a mouse bait trap. Instead, load your mouse trap using peanut butter, bacon bits or bacon grease, small pieces of hot dog, or chocolate.

Rat traps are a highly effective method of trapping rats or mice that may have found their way into your home. They are usually better than bait stations, which are loaded with poisonous food, which the mouse will eat before dying in 1-2 days. Traps help keep rats contained in one area, instead of the possibility of a rat dying in a hard-to-access spot in your home and creating a terrible odour.

First thing you need to do is locate any points of entry where rodents can get in and out of your home. Place mothballs in these areas, and plug up the areas using steel wool. If you have rats and mice, set up snap traps around your home in areas where mice like to hang out frequently. When dealing with larger rodents like squirrels, it is best to use live traps to catch them. When your traps catch any mice or rats, simply dispose of them in the trash outside. If you catch a larger rodent in a live trap, call animal control to come and get them, and they will release the animal back into the wild.



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