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Dec 29, 2009

Worried You Might Have Rodents?  Here Are Signs That You May Have an Infestation

Rat season is here! Although your home may not have experienced problems with pests in the past, it is a good idea to keep an eye, an ear, and a nose out for signs that rodents have invaded your home.  Here are just some of the most common signs that you may have a rodent problem.

Rodent Droppings

This is one of the most obvious signs that you have a rodent problem. Droppings may be found in places where food is stored such as in kitchen cabinets and drawers. Given that mice like to move about in places that offer them protection from predators, you may find droppings in cupboards or under the sink, along walls, or on top of wall studs or beams. Additionally, mice will leave droppings near their nests, in storage or cabins loaded with boxes, bags, old furniture, and other objects as they make an ideal home for rodents.   

Rodent Nests

Rodents prefer to build their nests out of materials that are soft, fuzzy, or warm. Common rodent nest materials may include shredded paper, bunches of dry grass or small twigs, fabric, and furniture stuffing and batting.  Rodents nest in quiet areas near food and water where they can find safety from predators

Food Containers or Food That Appears To Be Nibbled

Usually you will discover droppings near to a favorite rodent food source. Rodents can chew through plastic, so plastic bags and Tupperware -style containers do not protect food items.  It would definitely be advisable to carefully inspect all food and food storage items and areas if you suspect rodents have entered your home at all.

Evidence of Gnawing 

As previously mentioned, rodents will gnaw on almost anything that includes such things as wood, paper board, cloth sacks, and materials even harder than these.  Rodents' teeth grow continuously and they must gnaw to keep them short.  That may help to explain why table and chair legs or similar surfaces show gnawed spots or tooth marks in rodent-infested places.


You Hear Strange Noises at Night

No, you aren’t losing your mind, but there may be someone wandering around in your attic at night.  As many rodent species are nocturnal, an infestation in an attic may be most obvious from the sounds coming from attic areas at night as mice and rats will run, climb, scratch and gnaw on beams and wiring while using insulation in these areas as an ideal nesting material. Depending on the size of the individual rodent, noises made in these areas can be quite loud and unsettling.

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