Once the temperature drops, the rodents, including the mice and rats, start searching for the warm shelter inside homes. Around 45% of rodents’ issues get noticed in the fall in the and winter. The rodents’ infestations are not only a nuisance; these pests also spread a range of hazardous diseases. They may spread diseases, such as Salmonella, Murine Typhus, Infectious Jaundice, Rat-Bite Fever, and Hantavirus. Thus homeowners must spot their infestations in their homes to take the necessary precautions to deal with these unwanted pests. Here are the common signs of a rodent infestation:
- The Droppings: The most common and the easily noticeable sign of a rodent infestation is their droppings. The mice droppings are around one-quarter in length, and they are small and dark brown with the pointed ends. The rat droppings can either be three-quarter or one-half in length, and their shape varies according to the type of a rat. You will find their droppings near stored food, such as kitchen cabinets and pantries. You should always wear gloves and a mask to clean-up their droppings.
- The Chew Marks: The rodents are known to chew through walls, wood, cardboard, and wires. The rodents of different sizes can gnaw on everything from the baseboards to the cables. The damage to wiring also puts one’s home at risk of a fire.
- The Nests: The rodents usually make their nests in the dark and quiet areas so that no one can disturb them. They made nests from shredded paper products, cotton, other fabrics, and the packaging materials.
- The Grease Marks: The rodents’ oily fur makes it convenient for them to leave grease marks or dirt marks on surfaces while running across the walls and floorboards to reach their nests and food sources.
- The Noises: If you hear scampering, gnawing, and scratching noises; then, it’s very likely that the rodents have invaded your home. You may hear noises in the attics, ceilings, and inside the walls.
- The Odors: If you smell a musky odor, it’s the sign of a rodent infestation. The aroma will become intense once the infestation worsens. If a rodent dies in your home, it will leave a rotting odor. We highly recommend you call a licensed pest control professional to uncover and remove alive & dead rodents from your home, as their scents are very dangerous. If you decide to remove the rodents’ corpse yourself, wear gloves and a mask.
- The Strange Pet Behavior: If the dog or cat at your home has started scratching at the walls or they are behaving strangely in a specific area of your home, it’s also a sign of a rodent infestation. It would be best if you made a note of this odd behaviour so that you can tell the pest control technician about it when they inspect your home.
- The Tracks: You may also note the tiny footprints in your home; it’s an obvious sign of a rodent infestation. You can find the rodents’ tracks where the dust accumulates in your home.
- The Holes: The rodents sometimes gnaw tiny holes in thin walls or materials to create novel entry points and ways to get around the house.
- The Allergies: The fur and droppings of the mice and the rats can cause allergic reactions. According to the ninety-seven percent of allergists: ‘The pest-free home can combat common allergy problems.’
Lastly, if you suspect any rodent infestation in your home, it will be best that you contact a licensed pest control professional to assess the situation. Pesticon Pest Control offers same day and next day service.