Rodent Prevention & Control

Chris Wasicki, Rodent Control Director

1632 Laramie
Cicero, IL 60804
(p) 708-656-RATS (7287)
(f) 708-656-9167

In 2006, the Cicero Town Board and Town President Larry Dominick implemented a new Rodent Prevention & Control Department.

We have started procedures to bait every alley in the Town of Cicero. Additionally, citizens will be asked to allow treatment in their yard and/or garbage areas. We need your cooperation. Your signature is needed on a complaint waiver in order to treat your yard or garage at free of charge for Cicero residents. The forms are available by contacting any of the following locations:

Cicero Town Hall
4949 West Cermak Road
Cicero, IL 60804
(p) 708-656-3600 x 354
(f) 708-656-9167

Cicero Public Library
5225 West Cermak Road
Cicero, IL 60804

Cicero Public Library, South Branch
5444 West 34th Street
Cicero, IL 60804

Cicero Public Safety Building
5410 West 34th Street
Cicero, IL 60804


How can you help with rodent prevention in your neighborhood?

Observe, Remove & Clean Up!

  • Look for chewed teeth marks on food storage containers, doors, windows, baseboards and electrical cords.
  • Clear garages and yards of stored material and furniture to uncover any hiding places.
  • Clean your yard and cut your grass, control the weeds behind steps leading into your house.
  • Keep your alley area clean.


  • Check for freshly dug earth near holes around foundations walls, fences and embankments.
  • Check for rub marks – dark smears along hallways or near pipes, beams, edges or stairs or around gnawed holes.
  • Check near walls, food supplies and path ways for droppings. Fresh droppings are dark and soft; old droppings are hard or gray and brittle.

Prevent & Control

  • Don't feed rats. Limit their food source by placing trashbags in the containers (toters) supplied by the Town of Cicero. Make sure lid covers are secure.
  • Cut off the rat's water source.
  • Remove uneaten pet foods. Don't fill up your bird feeder.
  • Clean up food spills.
  • Remove rat's shelters and hiding areas like appliances, junk piles and woodpiles.
  • Keep them out. Replace or fix old, chewed wooden doors in your garage and home.
  • Keep your home doors and windows closed or use the metal screen on your doors and windows.