What Are Common Signs of a Rodent Infestation?
Rodents like rats and mice are constantly on the search for a home they can nestle in and feast off of food and trash left over by the family that lives there. Mice and rats can carry multiple different kinds of diseases and bacteria that they can spread as they scamper across your countertops or rustle through your pantry. Finding your pantry goods with corners nibbled on and food spilling out is certainly not something you want to discover while going to make dinner. Whether you have one mouse that is a real nuisance or a full infestation, knowing what signs to look for that indicate how big of a rodent problem you have will help determine what path you need to take to get rid of every last one.
Signs of infestation
While seeing an actual mouse or rat in your home will be a startlingly obvious sign that you may have a rodent infestation, there are a few other telltale signs that rodents are living in your house.
Damage: Rodents love to make their nests full of some of your household items. If you find damaged pillows and blankets, chewed-up cords, destroyed books, or torn up boxes in the attic, you may have a rodent infestation.
Excrement: Rodents come into your home to fill their bellies which naturally leads to excrement. Rat or mouse droppings may be one of the first signs you see that rodents are in your home. They may leave a dropping or two along your countertops or on the tops of your baseboards. If you find a particularly large amount of droppings, you may have found the nest or a place the rodents frequent.
Gnawed marks: Rodents’ teeth constantly grow so they have to chew on things in order to file down their teeth so they are at a comfortable length. If you find teeth marks on your wooden furniture or on plastic toys, it is quite possible that you have a rodent infestation.
Rodents are always on the hunt for food and they will crawl through the most disgusting places like through trash, sewers, and other unsanitary conditions to find something to eat. A rat will not think twice about tearing through your pantry foods, passing along potentially harmful bacteria leading to some terrible disease that they have picked up through their gross habits. You and your family members could become sick after eating food that a rodent has touched.
If you have seen signs of a rodent infestation and want the best pest control company to inspect and treat your home for rodents, give Environmentally Considered Pest Control, ECPC, a call today to get those rodents out of your home for good.