As we reviewed in our previous post, rodents are one of the most common pests that invade homes during the fall and winter months. Recognizing the signs of an active rodent infestation is an important first step in effective rodent control, but do you know what to look for when you are inspecting your home? Pest Arrest offers local rodent control services that have been providing Spring homeowners with pest-free homes for more than 20 years. If you see any of the following signs of a rodent infestation, contact us right away for a free inspection!
Signs of a Rodent Infestation
Droppings & Urine Odors
Fecal pellets are a sure sign of infestation and they are often found in drawers and cabinets near food, as well as under the sink. The type of droppings you find can tell you a lot about what type of infestation you are dealing with.
- Mouse droppings: less than ¼ inch long and pointed on both ends
- Norway rat droppings: ½ inch or longer and blunt at both ends
- Roof rat droppings: ½ inch or longer and pointed at both ends
The more droppings you see, the worse the infestation. Rodents also produce a very distinct odor from a body gland and from their urine. It is often described as a musky, stale smell. Infrared and UV lights will also illuminate urine stains that can’t be seen by the naked eye.
Signs of Chewing
Rodents have incisor teeth that continually grow, and they must gnaw on things to keep their teeth whittled down. You may find food packages that have been nibbled on, holes in your walls, or you may even find electrical wires that have been gnawed on. Mice typically leave small, clean-cut holes that are about 1.5 inches in diameter, while rats make much bigger holes with rough edges.
Rodent Runways and Rub Marks
Rodents usually use the same path from their nest to their food source over and over again. This typically results in “runways,” or narrow paths that lack dust on floors and counters. If you suspect rodent activity, you can lightly dust the area with flour or baby powder to view tracks. Rodents also leave rub marks on the walls next to their runways, which is comprised of dirt and oils that have collected on their fur.
Mice and rats also make very high-pitch noises. You may also hear gnawing, digging, scratching, and other noises coming from between your walls. Generally speaking, the louder the noise is, the bigger the infestation. Although these noises likely occur during all hours of the day, they are more noticeable during the night when your home is quiet.
Call for Industry-Leading Rodent Control Today
Are you worried that mice or rodents have invaded your home? If so, then it is important to enlist the help of a local rodent control company as soon as possible. Remember, you may never see a rat or mouse even if you have an infestation, and rodents do more than just eat your food. They can contaminate surfaces with their urine and feces, make indoor allergies worse, and compromise the integrity of the electrical wiring they chew on. At Pest Arrest, our experienced exterminators have the tools and knowledge necessary to determine if you have an infestation. We use infrared technology to expose signs of rodents that would normally be missed in routine inspections. Contact us today to get started!