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Rodent & small animal trapping are both common services that we offer in The Villages, Summerfield and Lady Lake. Both rodent control and small animal trapping services stay busy throughout the entire year. While rodent and small animal control reach its peak during the autumn and winter months, infestations can occur at any time of the year.

One of the greatest causes for concern include house fires that start in the attic due to these animals chewing on exposed wires. For this reason, we trap nuisance animals both indoors and outdoors. Rodents and small animals are also carriers of bacterial and viral infections such as hantavirus, salmonella, tularemia, rabies and more. They also present a problem for asthma patients due to their dander. Similar to rats and mice, small animals can also bring fleas and ticks into your home. Rodents and small animals that perish in crawl spaces or attics are often responsible for flea infestations. Once their host is dead, fleas need to find a new host.

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Rodent control

Common rodents include mice and rats. Both are known for damaging property and spreading the disease to humans. Often times, you’ll hear scratching in the walls or find small droppings scattered around a specific area. During the cooler months, rats and mice are more likely to take refuge inside homes and other man-made structures.

Rodent control is a service that needs immediate attention because of their prolific nature. Rodent colonies tend to grow quickly and spread to other parts of the structure. Anyone who has dealt with an infestation will tell you that having rodents around is a serious issue. Besides their destructive nature and ability to spread disease, rodents can also bring fleas and ticks into your home or business.

Small animal trapping

Common animals we trap and remove include:

  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Opossum
  • Skunks
  • Armadillos

The most common small animals we trap are squirrels and raccoons. These animals are a danger to your home, property, and health.

Small animal trapping - Opossum
An opossum.

Common rodent control and animal trapping questions

What brings rodents and small animals to enter our homes?

Two things, shelter or they have found a food source.

Can having a bird feeder attract rodents and other small animals?

Certainly! Especially mice, rats, and squirrels. Mice, rats, and squirrels can do damage to your home and property, so in such cases, as tempting as it might be,  it’s best not to have a bird feeder. Remember that squirrels and rats chew wires in the attic causing house fires.

What are some of the most preferred foods of rodents and small animals?

Rodents and small animals feed on a large array of grain products, seeds, nuts, stored dry goods and more. Just about all of them love peanut butter. They can resist it. They’ll also go through your trash eating anything they find suitable. Sometimes, they knock trash cans over causing a mess that’s not fun to clean.

Can Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control help me with my rodent or small animal infestation?

Absolutely! We have 30 years in the business. This is what we do and we’re good at it.

When rodents and small animals enter a home, where are they most likely to nest?

The attic, wall voids, and crawl spaces are the most common places these animals nest. Rats and mice prefer wall voids over other small animals like squirrels and raccoons which prefer the attic. They can also damage cars, campers, and other vehicles. We get several calls of infested vehicles every year. Squirrels often nest under car hoods in the area of the engine. In doing so, they chew through wires and cause major damage. This is why cars that sit for an extended period of time should be checked at least once a week for rodent intruders.

What kind of damage can rodents and other small animals do to my home?

Probably the most worrisome is chewing wires in the attic and wall voids which are responsible for most attic and home fires. This is why you should call us at the first sign of rodent or small animal activity. They also can containment your foods and air and cause several different kinds of disease. Then there’s the physical damage they do to your personal items (clothes, books, etc) by chewing on them with the attention of making their nests.

Can rodents and other small animals bring fleas and ticks into my home?

Unfortunately, yes and sometimes they become major infestations. This is especially true when and the animal dies in the attic, wall voids, or crawl space. The fleas and ticks need to search for a new host. That can make living unpleasant around the inside of the home. This scenario happens quite frequently.

What can I do to prevent rodents and small animals from damaging my home and property?

Some things you can do to be proactive and lessen the chances of infestation are to not put up bird feeders, keep all garbage in containers with tight or lockable lids, seal up any known entry points in or around your home and take away any food sources that may attract them. Put up a rodent-proof fence around outdoor gardens. Hire a professional for preventive and corrective situations. Maintenance is the key to ongoing prevention.

Does having these pest invaders mean I keep a dirty house?

The idea of dirty houses being the only cause for a rodent, small animal and even cockroaches and other bugs is a myth. Yes, keeping garbage to a minimum helps reduce the risk but there are many people with perfectly clean homes that are invaded. This is partially due to the state we live in, a sub-tropical state like Florida. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, but it does need to be taken care of. We promise anonymity for all our customers.


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LesLee Cox
15:57 31 Aug 20
Punctual and great service
Amy Carber
Amy Carber
22:11 15 Apr 20
The best around. Mike made the impossible happen and got rid of our ant problem in a month! We had another company... prior that had to come out multiple times and we saw our problem grew instead of receding. Mike not only gave us a a fair price but tried a bait out beforehand just to see if it would work. Professional, always on time, friendly, and they did the job right!read more
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Allen Foster
16:56 24 Mar 20
I own a home in Beverly Hills but live in Virginia. I was having two doors replaced when the contractor found termite... damage. I instantly panicked. I reached out to Meryl's and literally within minutes Mike called me from the house to let me know it was old termite damage and there were no signs that termites were active. Living out of state he could have said it was active and I wouldn't have known the difference. He also provided advice as to the best way to treat the pests that are present. One thing you can't put a price tag on is trust and honesty, and I feel like Meryl's is trustworthy and more
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Devin Lara
22:03 11 Feb 20
Great service! Friendly, great company, that does things the right way! Would not use anymore else.
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Tom Kennedy
14:05 31 Jan 20
Did what they said they would do and followed up promptly with their report. Couldn't ask for more! Thank you. Tom K.
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Rebecca Krieger
01:57 04 Jan 20
Highly recommended. Meryl's is very reliable and has helped me out with a quick response during several emergency... situations. My technician Mike is super awesome. Thanks for keeping me pest free!read more
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Patricia Heaton
20:41 02 Oct 19
I have been a customer for year's and would recommend Meryl's Pest Control to friends and family. They are very... professional and respond more
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Wayne Rackley
18:56 07 Aug 19
Meryl's Pest Control is a friendly business and their guys are always punctual for appointments. They do an excellent... job in getting rid of all kinds of bugs and more
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Evi Smith
13:18 26 Jul 19
Very friendly staff with great rates and they always show up on time.
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Bob Martino
18:54 10 Jul 19
Very happy with the service. Haven`t seen a bug in 9 months. Highly recommend.
Alan Noyes
Alan Noyes
20:50 24 Jun 19
Very reliable , great personnel , called about a problem and they were very prompt to fix it
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Dawn Houston
19:15 08 Jun 19
always takes the calls in a timely manner, answers my questions, and gets the job done! Friendly, honest .
10:38 03 Jun 19
Meryl's Pest Control is great! Mike is my guy and he is right on the money. He is polite, on time and very... knowledgeable! I strongly suggest you call Meryl's!!read more
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