Rodents are often portrayed as cute critters in children’s books, but they are not animals you should welcome into your home. These pests can quickly reproduce and destroy your home, costing you hundreds of dollars in repairs. Invasive rodents like rats and mice carry diseases and bring with them their own pests like fleas and mites.
If you want to keep your home free from these destructive rodents, take a look around your property for these telltale signs of infestations:
Rodent droppings – mouse or rat excrement is a red flag that you should contact a pest control technician. Whether the droppings are fresh or dried out, don’t ignore the fact that you have unwanted visitors in your home. It’s important to note that mouse and rat excrement carry infectious diseases that can harm you and your family.
Chewed wood – look for evidence of bite marks in and around your home on furniture, walls and even electrical wiring. You should also keep an eye out for wood shavings or debris. Check your pantry items for signs of chewed packaging or bite marks. If you leave food or fruit out on counters, check them over for evidence of rodent bites.
Pet behavior – your dog or cat will tell you there are rodents in the house before you see them. If your family pet claws, sniffs or growls at the walls, cabinets or under the appliances, take heed of their warning.
Rodent nests – mice and rats will scavenge all kinds of material like insulation, cardboard and bedding to create a nest for their offspring. Take a look for nests in the undisturbed areas of your home such as closets, basements and crawlspaces. Rodents will also nest in compost or piles of debris in the backyard.
The best way to keep your family and home safe from rodents is to get a pest inspection. Professional pest removal companies will check your property for signs of disease-carrying mice and rats and give you peace of mind knowing your home is vermin free.