5 Signs of a Rodent Infestation
Rats, mice and other rodents are active year-round. These animals enter your home through cracks and holes as small as a dime in search of food, water and protection from the elements. Once established, a rodent infestation can cause extensive damage to your house and endanger the health of your family. Rodents chew through wiring and insulation, which can cause an electrical fire. These pests can contaminate food with salmonella and spread diseases like Hantavirus, rat-bite fever and trichinosis. Because rodents can reproduce quickly, it is important that you recognize the signs of a possible infestation so that these pests can be removed as quickly as possible.
Five Signs of a Rodent Infestation
An infestation can occur in the best of homes. It is difficult to determine whether you have an infestation or if just one animal has found its way inside your house. If you think that you may have a rodent problem, look for these telltale signs.
- Food Debris and Chewed Packaging: Rodents will gnaw through packaging to gain access to food. The rodents also drop food along the path to their nest.
- Sights and Sounds: In addition to seeing one of these pests in your home or in a utility space, such as the garage, basement and attic, you may hear scratching, gnawing or clawing sounds. The noises will occur inside your walls, ceilings or crawl spaces at night when rodents are more active.
- Droppings and Urine: Finding fresh droppings is one of the most visible indicators of an infestation. The droppings are most commonly found in and near cabinets, pantries and sheltered corners. You can also look for pools of urine. While dried pest urine will glow under a black light, some cleaning products like bleach will also fluoresce.
- Runways and Rub Marks: Pests tend to follow the same trail between their nest and sources of food and water. To mark their route, the animals leave a scent trail by rubbing against items as they travel. You may be able to see greasy spots that contain small patches of fur. While runways may be difficult to spot inside your home, you may notice rundown paths in the soil outside that lead to the entry point into your home.
- Nests: You may spot a nest that is made out of soft materials in warm sheltered locations like the space behind cabinets and large appliances or inside the attic. The nest may be constructed of cloth, insulation, shredded paper or furniture stuffing.
Why Call a Professional
Eradicating a rodent infestation can be difficult for homeowners because many do-it-yourself solutions are ineffective. To eliminate the infestation, it is important to locate the nest. This ensures that the correct targeted solution can be implemented based on the particular rodent involved. A trained pest control professional has the tools and experience to eradicate a rodent infestation quickly and provide information on effective methods that can protect your home in the future. If you suspect that you have a pest infestation, give our office a call.