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6 Warning Signs of a Rat Infestation That You Should Never Ignore

Published October 25th, 2021 by Vision Pest Control

In the United States, 14.8 million people reported seeing rodents in their houses. Rodents and other pests are such a huge problem and can wreak havoc on your home.

So, it is important that you recognize the warning signs of a rodent infestation so you can stop them from causing more damage. 

Do you want to learn more about the common signs of a rat infestation? Keep reading to learn more about rat control services and to see how you can identify rodents in your home. 

1. Rodent Droppings

One of the first visible signs of a rat or rodent infestation is fresh droppings in your home. Fresh droppings are dark and will turn grey as they age.

Typically rodent droppings are found close to food, in packages, and in cupboards or drawers. Because rats and other rodents try to stay out of sight, their droppings will also be out of sight. 

You will also find droppings in other areas of your home where rodents frequently access. These will include anywhere near their nests, feeding areas, or runways. 

Another way you can identify a rodent infestation is if there is a foul odor in your home. These can come from droppings or urine. Urine often smells like stale ammonia, so this is a sure sign that you have some type of infestation. 

If you find rodent droppings, you may want to see if they are fresh or old, as it can help you determine if it is a new or active infestation. 

2. Gnaw Marks & Damage

Another way you can spot a rat infestation is to look for gnaw marks and other damage in your home. Because rats have teeth that grow continually, they will chew through hard things like plastic and wood to keep them trimmed down.

Rats will commonly chew through walls, packaging, and even wires in your home. If you notice that your cables are chewed through, this is a clear sign of a rat infestation. 

You may also notice that there are chew marks on your food packaging. In these cases, your food is likely a food source for the rats or mice in your home. 

Depending on the size of your gnaw marks, you can determine whether you have a rat or mouse infestation. Smaller marks will likely point to a mouse infestation while larger gnaw marks point to a rat infestation. 

3. Scratching Sounds

Rats will often climb through the spaces in your home in your walls, attics, and more. If you notice any scratching sounds in your home, especially at night, you likely have a rat infestation. 

You can also hear scurrying sounds below your decks or floorboards. Other times you can hear rats chewing or grinding their teeth. 

If you hear any scratching sounds in your walls or ceiling, you likely have some type of infestation even if it isn't rats. It is best to contact your rodent control company to see if you can identify what is nesting in your walls. 

4. Nests or Burrows

Even if you do not notice the signs of rats moving through your home, you may find their nests or burrows in your home. 

Typically rats will build their nests in warm places. To build their nests, they will use things like shredded paper, fabrics, and other soft materials. If you notice any of these materials near appliances in your kitchen or near other food sources, you may have a rat infestation on your hands. 

Rats will also burrow outside. They will dig extensive tunnels for shelter, storage, and nesting. These burrows may be in your yard near compost, under your deck, or even in your garden. 

Keep an eye out for any shredded materials or unusual holes in your yard to identify rat nests and burrows. 

5. Tracks or Rub Marks

Because rats have poor vision, they will often leave behind tracks or runways as they move through your home. These marks include urine stains, smudges, grease marks, or other types of footprints. 

Rats will typically follow the same trails over and over, so these tracks will not be too hard to spot. 

If you aren't sure if you have runways in your home, you can try leaving a thin layer of flour or other powder. This way the tracks will be easier to spot in the powder. 

6. Living or Dead Rats Spotted

Finally, a sure way to see if you have a rat infestation is if you spot living or dead rats in your home or on your property. As was mentioned before, rats prefer to hide. If you see them in plain sight, it means that the infestation is growing. 

When you notice rats on your property, it is time to get professional help from a rat control company. They can help you eliminate the problem and can also help future infestations from happening. 

Get Help With Your Rat Infestation Today

Do I have a rat infestation? If you have ever asked yourself this question, it is important to recognize these warning signs of a rodent problem.

Whether you see rodents in your home or yard or notice any droppings or damage in your home, it is important that you get these problems taken care of immediately. 

Have you noticed any of these signs of a rat infestation and need to find a pest control company? Vision Pest Control can help! We service areas in southern California and can help you prevent and remove rodents. 

Contact our team today to learn more about our rat control services or to schedule an appointment with our pest control experts. 


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