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5 Tips to Determining If You Have a Rodent Infestation in Your Home

Published April 7th, 2020 by Vision Pest Control

Have you been hearing a lot of scratching and scurrying around your home lately? This could be a sign that your house has been infested by rodents.

It’s possible but you’re not quite sure? Maybe you haven’t seen any rats as yet so you can’t really be certain.

In that case, you should know that rats or mice are very clever. Even though you haven’t seen them it doesn’t mean that they’re not lurking.

Use these top five tips to discover if you’ve got a rodent infestation to deal with.

Finding the Source of Rodent Infestation

To determine if you do have a rodent infestation in your home start by inspecting for rodents in order to find their source.

Use a flashlight to inspect dark areas for signs of mice or rats. Search places like your closet and cupboards. 

Doing this will help you to find the cause and severity of the infestation. It’ll help you to know how to deal with them and what kind of rodent you’re dealing with.

There are several mice infestation signs that will tell you that you have a rodent problem in your home. Let’s take a closer look at them.

1. Droppings

These are a clear indication of rodents in your home. They will tell you whether the infestation is small or large, the type of rodent and where they’re located.

Rat droppings tend to be large. Whereas mouse droppings tend to be small and pointed. The size and state of the droppings can indicate how big the rat is and whether the droppings are fresh or old.

A lot of droppings mean that there is probably a large infestation.

2. Foul Odor

When you have an infestation, especially a large one you’ll smell a pungent musky odor. For large infestations, the smell is very easy to detect.

3. Nests

To build their nests rodents will shred things such as strings and paper, dried plants and fabric. If you notice any of these sticking out of a hole in your home, then that’s probably a sign of an infestation which means it time to start some form of pest control.

4. Noise

Even though rodents are nocturnal, so you’ll more than likely not see them during the day. Listen for scratching noises and scurrying during the night for signs of a mouse infestation.

5. Tracks

Once rodents are active in your home, you can identify their tracks and runways. To do so use a flashlight and place the light on the area where you think the rat or mice are

It’s likely that you’ll see smudges, urine stains, footprints or droppings. Placing a thin layer of baby powder or flour will also help you to identify their tracks.

Time to Get Rid of Them

Knowing the signs of a rodent infestation will help you to find them in your home. Once you find them it is time to eliminate them before they cause disease.

A severe rodent infestation needs professional help to ensure that these pests are removed in the safest possible way. If you would like some help with removing rats from your home, please contact us.


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