Rodents are one of the main pest problems during the fall and winter months. Rodents enter homes in search of food, water, and shelter from the cold. Finding a single rodent in your home can be alarming, but it isn’t a huge cause for concern. However, where there is one rodent, there may be more. That is why it is so important to know the signs that accompany a rodent infestation.
Rodent droppings are one of the first signs that many people notice. These droppings (excrement) will vary in size, depending on what species has found a way into your home. The house mouse leaves droppings less than ¼” long, while the large Norway rat’s droppings can be ¾ of an inch long. Rodent droppings are dark brown or black and shaped like a grain of rice. Fresh droppings will be shiny and moist, and older droppings will be dry and hard. Rodent droppings are most often found in areas where they spend a lot of time, like pantries, under appliances, and around nesting sites. The more droppings you find, the more rodents are probably present.
You don’t normally think of rodents as loud animals, but when the house is still and quiet at night, rodents can really cause a distraction. These noises often come from ceilings and walls and can be scratching, scurrying, squeaking, and even fighting sounds. The larger the population of rodents within the house, the more noise you will hear.
A rodent’s teeth will continue to grow throughout its whole life. To control their length, rodents will chew on many things like wood, cords, wires, and containers. Mice and rats can do a lot of damage if they are allowed to remain uncontrolled. Many attic fires have been started by wires that have been gnawed on. These problems can be costly to fix.
Nests and Burrows
Rodent nests often go undetected because they are typically well hidden. Mice and rats gather scraps of materials to create these nests. Paper, fabric, cardboard, sticks, and hair are all common in rodent nests. They may be found in attics, garages, sheds, or in underground burrows, depending on the species of rodent.
Mice and rats are creatures of habit. They will move about the house using the same paths over and over again. This can lead to greasy marks on walls where the fur has been constantly rubbing. This is particularly true with rats. Anywhere you see these grease marks is a great place to set traps. These frequent rodent paths can also be seen outdoors. Rodent runs are where the grass has been trampled down from the constant movement to and from a food source.
Spotting live rodents in your house is probably the most obvious sign of a problem. Rodents multiply very quickly, so it is important to figure out if you have a random intruder or the start of an infestation. If you see many signs of rodents around your house, chances are good that there are many rodents.
Help from a trained professional may be beneficial. Pest control technicians can inspect your property for entry points, determine the species of rodent that is causing the problem, and work with you to develop a customized plan to get rid of them for good. EcoArmor Pest Defense is your go-to source for rodent control in northeast Texas. We are here to help you take back your home. At EcoArmor, we know that the best offense is a great defense. Contact us today for more information.