Mice and rats can easily infiltrate any home, but how can you tell if you have just one or a full-scale invasion that requires pest control? Here are a few of the most common and easiest to recognize signs of a rodent infestation.
Signs of Rodent Activity in Your Home
1. Rodent Droppings
One of the first signs of an uninvited creature, such as a mouse or rat, is its droppings or feces. These are small, dark, and rice-like in appearance. To locate mice droppings, look in hidden areas, such as behind appliances or in the back corner of drawers. Rats tend to leave these in much more open spaces, such as the kitchen floor.
You should also note the color. If the feces are dull and gray looking, they’ve been there a while, and the animal may have left your home. Darker, softer, and shiny pieces are signs of recent rodent activity, and that pest control may be needed.
2. Holes or Property Damage
If you have an infestation, you’ll typically notice small amounts of property damage. There may be a hole chewed in a cabinet, an infiltrated cereal box, or a greasy rub mark along the walls. You might also find frayed electric cables or wood that’s been gnawed on.
3. Strange Smells & Sounds
If areas of your home suddenly take on a strong musky scent, you may need pest control. The larger your infestation, the stronger this odor will be.
You may also hear sounds, such as clawing, gnawing, or scampering, in your walls, rafters, or cabinets. You might even hear fighting or squeaking in the late evening or nighttime hours. However, if this is heard or you see rodents during the day, it’s a definite sign that there’s more than one in your home.
Do you think you have uninvited guests in your home or business? If so, contact the skilled exterminators at AAA Termite & Pest Control in Kaneohe, HI. These pest control professionals will work quickly to rid your property of mice, spiders, ants, and wasps, and they offer a satisfaction guarantee on all services. Call (808) 247-5533 or send a message online to schedule a pest control appointment.