Rodent infestations aren’t just inconvenient, they can also be dangerous. Rodents within your walls can chew electrical wire, leading to fast-moving electrical fires, and they can spread their droppings or urine which may spread diseases and illnesses to you and your pets. When we see one mouse scurry across the floor of the basement, we may be inclined to think little of it, but many homeowners don’t realize that this is more likely a single sign of a much larger problem. By the time you spot mice in your home, you could be dealing with a budding infestation just behind the surface of your walls.
The best way to determine if you’re dealing with mouse infestations is to call your local pest control service, but there are signs you can look for as well before the infestation gets out of control. Being diligent in looking after your home or business property is your best defense against the damages that rodents can do when left to their own devices.
Signs Of A Rodent Infestation
There are a number of signs you can look for that point to a potential rodent infestation. Some of these signs include:
- Droppings – Rodents aren’t litter trained, they’re not going to make sure to eliminate outside, and they’re not going to designate a special hidden area “to go”. This means that they will spread their droppings wherever they go, and this can be one of your first signs that a rodent infestation is present. Both mouse and rat droppings can be found wherever these rodents are hiding out or being active, and they are easy to spot. Mouse droppings will typically be pointed at both ends, and about a quarter-inch long or shorter. Rat droppings will be blunted at both ends and can be longer than half an inch.
- Urine odor – It’s not just solids that rodents will eliminate wherever they go. Rodent urine has a distinct musky odor that is easy to spot when you know what you’re looking for. If you open up cabinets under the sink, the pantry, closets, or anywhere in the home and you smell a musky odor you’re not familiar with, you could be smelling rodent urine.
- Keep your ears open – Mice and rats are nocturnal animals, which means they’ll be most active when the house is quiet and everyone is getting ready to fall asleep. If you listen closely and hear squeaking or scratching within the walls, this is a huge sign pointing to a hidden rodent infestation.
The Danger Of Rodents
While rodents might seem small, and in small numbers, might be difficult to notice, they can spread disease around and destroy your property. If you spot any of the signs of a rodent infestation, your first call should be to your local pest control service to ensure the problem is safely taken care of. If you suspect a rodent infestation in your home or business, call us at Habitat Pest Control today.