6 Signs of a Rodent Infestation
Updated: Mar 12, 2019
Mouse and rat sightings are very common during the fall and winter. Once inside, these sneaky, four-legged critters can contaminate food, trigger asthma and allergies, and spread disease.
The following are telltale signs of an invasion:
Droppings: These pellets are often left behind in places where food is stored, such as kitchen cabinets or pantries, as well as under sinks, inside chewed cardboard boxes, along baseboards and on top of wall beams.
Gnaw Marks: Rodents can cause serious property damage by chewing through almost any type of material - including plastic and lead pipes - to obtain food or water. House mice and Norway rats are also known to gnaw on wires behind walls, which can increase the risk of fire.
Nests: Rodents prefer to nest in dark, secluded areas where there is little chance of disturbance. House mice, specifically, like to build their nests out of shredded paper products, cotton, packing materials, wall insulation and fabrics.
Tracks or Rub Marks: Rats tend to leave dark grease or dirt marks along walls and floorboards as they follow a trail throughout the home between their nest and food. These are actually caused by their oily fur.
Strange Noises: Hearing strange noises in the walls, especially at night, can be a bit concerning. Chances are these sounds can be attributed to a family of rodents scurrying about the house, between the walls and up in attics. Rodents love dark, secluded spots to build nests.
An Actual Rodent: Mice can breed rapidly, so if you spot one mouse in the house, it's likely there are others playing hide and seek. In fact, a female house mouse can give birth to a half a dozen babies every three weeks, up to 35 young per year. That's a lot of mice!
If you suspect you have an infestation on your hands timing is of the essence, trust the professionals and give us a call!