Suspecting your home might have rodents can leave you wondering whether it’s time to call a pest control professional yet. However, if you’re unsure, you may not have decided how to proceed. If you have children and pets, rodents can be especially concerning. So, how do you know for sure whether your home has rats or mice lurking in your home?
Take a look at some of the most telltale signs that there are rodents in your home.
You See Poop
If you see small black specks that are moist and usually around where you keep food, then it’s probably rodent poop. You will usually find the most poop wherever the rodents have decided to nest. Take a look in your cupboards and drawers and inspect carefully. If you’ve had rodent problems in the past, make sure that the ones you’re seeing aren’t old. Taking a closer look will help you determine whether it’s a new infestation or not.
You See Chew Marks
Rodents like to chew up and shred materials like plastic and paper. Usually, you’ll find your food packaging nibbled on and maybe even successfully opened.
If you do find chew marks, take note of their size. Smaller nibbles will indicate mice, while larger bite marks usually mean rats. In the event that you’re not sure whether it’s an old infestation or a new one, notice whether the bite marks are lighter or darker. Dark chew marks indicate that they’ve been there for a while.
You Smell Something Foul
If you’ve placed poison or traps throughout your house, the first thing you’ll notice in the presence of rodents is a foul smell when they’ve died. There is something unmistakable about dead rodent smell. You can’t mistake it for anything else!
You Find a Nest
If you find a pile of shredded materials like clothing, old leaves, or paper bags, you’ve likely come across your rodents’ nest where they gather. If you come across something like this, you’ll probably see all of the telltale signs along with it. You’ll probably even find the rodents themselves!
Rodents will cause serious damage to your home and even pose potential health risks if not taken care of as soon as possible.
Often people let the problem go on too long, and the infestation gets even worse as a result. The best thing you can do is call a professional as soon as possible the moment that you have determined there is, in fact, a rodent issue in your home.
By looking for these signs and taking action as soon as possible, you should be able to get rid of any rodent issues in your family’s home.