Rodent Control Program

The Village of Niles Community Development Department provides residents with a rat control program which includes Village staff surveying properties for rat activity, placing rodent bait stations when activity is occurring, treatment of rat burrows with the Village of Niles Pest Control Services, and informing property owners of preventive measures. The Village of Niles requests the cooperation of every resident. For more information please review the information below and to enroll in the Rodent Control Program.

Rat Activity

To report rat activity please click here: ONLINE RAT REPORTING FORM

To be eligible for the program, property owners are expected to maintain their properties free from any violations that could be contributing factors. 

By signing the waiver you are allowing village inspectors to take necessary actions to try and identify a rodent problem, begin the treatment process, and identify any violations on your property that may be contributing to the issue. Failure to correct any violations noted by the inspectors could result in the suspension of treatment on your property. 

During treatment, we ask that all bird and wildlife feeders be removed as these are prime attractants for rats. Burrow holes, commonly made by the Norway rat can be as small as 2-3 inches. Please check your property for these holes, especially along fences, walls, and accessory structures like garages and sheds, firewood, and gardens.

In order for Pest Control contractors to begin treatment on your property, owners must complete the Rat Control Release of Liability form.

To report rat activity please click here: 


Additional information

Preventing Rats on your property

CDC Warning: Rats scurry for food during COVID-19 restaurant closures. Insects, rodents, and other animals may be considered pests as they can present negative health effects to residents and cause property damage.

The Village of Niles is working with residents and businesses in a community-wide effort to control the increased rodent population due to COVID-19.  

The Community Development Department tracks and investigates service requests and complaints; inspects alleys and properties for rodents; and performs and contracts baiting and exterior treatment for residential properties (FREE for residential properties). In many cases, inspectors have indicated that good management of the property is essential to controlling the rodent population.

What can you do?

Eliminate (and recycle) rubbish, boxes, scrap metal and other materials that give rats a place to hide

Control weeds, shrubs and vegetation overgrowth, especially along foundations, that give rodents the means to move from location to location without being seen

Keep food away. Don’t put food out for stray animals, and remove bird-feeders

Manage garbage. Use durable, City-approved trash cans with tight-fitting lids

Seal holes and openings in garage walls and doors

Share this information. Tell your neighbors, tenants and landlordsInvestigation and Treatment

In order for Pest Control contractors to treat rats, property owners must complete the Rat Control Release of Liability interactive form.

Rat Information

Rats live in areas where there is water, food, and shelter. Rat activity can be controlled and prevented by bagging garbage securely in containers, Not placing food scraps outside, picking up loose birdseed, Maintaining the property, and cleaning up after dogs.