There are many different species of rodents across the United States; thankfully, only a couple of rodent species are common NYC property invaders: rats and mice. Rats are much larger than mice and are typically dark brown, gray, or black in color. They also have triangular heads, long, hairless tails, and slender bodies. House mice have pointed snouts and large, rounded ears, as well as hairy, body-length tails.

Both rats and mice are more likely to invade NYC properties during the colder months. No matter what type of rodent invades your NYC commercial or residential property, they are sure to cause many problems.


While some rodents might look cute, it’s important to remember that these pests are capable of causing many problems in your home or business building. Rodents are among the most problematic pests you can find on your property, which means early prevention is important.

Some of the main reasons why you don’t want mice or rats inhabiting your NYC property include:

  • One of the most irritating aspects of rodents is that they can invade your property through even the smallest cracks and crevices. Mice can squeeze through gaps the size of a nickel! One way you can help keep mice and rats out of your NYC property is to locate and seal any small gaps you find around the exterior of your building with caulk or steel wool.
  • Rodents spread bacteria and parasites; unfortunately, rodents often carry disease-causing bacteria, which can lead to serious health concerns. Some of the diseases rodents can spread include plague, hantavirus, and salmonella.
  • Rodents multiply at a rapid rate. If one rodent invades your property, it could take less than 2 months for your home or business to be overrun by dozens of rodents.
  • Rodents chew – a lot. Rodents have a set of front teeth that never stop growing. In order to keep their teeth worn down, rodents will chew on almost anything they come across. Wires, pipes, furniture, and structural beams are common targets.


Rodents invade NYC homes and businesses for three reasons: food, water, and shelter. You can help prevent rodent problems on your property by removing these resources and implementing prevention methods to keep rodents out. Here are a few ways you can avoid attracting rodents to your home or business building:

  • Reduce clutter on the interior and exterior of your property.
  • Keep sticks, leaves, and other debris cleared away from your building.
  • Pick up pet food when it’s not being eaten.
  • Store your food products in plastic containers.
  • Clean crumbs up off your floors and counters.
  • Equip your trash cans with tight-fitting lids.
  • Seal potential entry points around the exterior of your property.


No form of DIY prevention is 100%; even if you implement all of the rodent-prevention strategies listed above, mice and rats might still find a way to invade. If rodents do get into your property, the safest and most effective way to remove them is to call the pest control technicians here at Broadway Exterminating. Don’t wait for mice or rats to start causing problems in your NYC home or business. Our skilled pest professionals will provide you with all the latest rodent control technologies to ensure your property remains rodent-free throughout every season. No matter what pest control problems you’re facing, we have what it takes to provide you with effective, long-term solutions. Contact Broadway Exterminating to learn more about all of the pest control services we provide.