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Where To Look For Rodent Infestation Symptoms

December 10, 2013 - Rodents

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The moment you discover you are sharing your home with rodents brings an unsettling feeling to the pit of your stomach. Whether you are less than fond of them, or just precautious of transmitted diseases; rodents leave much to be desired! The first sure-fire sign of rodents is droppings. Mice and rats are prolific poopers; thus, you will know if you have an infestation.

Droppings, or feces pellets, are typically left behind in the kitchen area; check your pantries, drawers, cabinets, counters, and appliances for rodent droppings. In fact, check any place in your home that could provide a potential hiding place or food/water source. For instance, mice droppings can also be found along beams or wall studs, in boxes or other packing materials, and in furniture.

Another unsightly sign of a rodent infestation is urine pools and trails. Mice and rats are known to have weak bladders and leave urine trails as they travel. Most rodents’ urine and feces have an unforgettable musky smell. Additionally, mice leave behind urinating pillars, which are made of grease, dirt, and urine.

Rodents also leave tracks via their feet and tail. The larger rodents drag their tails, leaving a tail mark in between their tracks. Many times, you will see grease marks - either from the rodent walking through grease, or left by oil in the rodent’s coat. Larger greasy smears are a good sign that you are dealing with a rat infestation.

Another tell-tale alarm is your pet’s excitement or over-excitement. If your pets are pawing around a possible rodent hiding area, then you can bet that you have an uninvited visitor. Rodents are squeaky animals that scamper throughout your home as they move about from their nest. You will typically hear them in action when you are settling down for bed, as they are just getting started.

Other signs of a rodent infestation are nibble marks or gnaw marks, accompanied by droppings or urine trails nearby. Gnawing is a characteristic of all rodents; they prefer to chew wood but will chew anything that will help keep their incisors in check. In fact, many electrical fires occur as a result of rodents gnawing through an electrical wire.

If rats or mice have made unwanted appearances around your home or business, call Cantu Pest & Termite and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced rodent removal experts. Reach out to us today to learn more about our rodent control services.