Rodents live in homes along with humans, and it requires serious attention before things get out of hand.
Start with a good inspection to determine which type of rodent is present, and where they nest. Get a flash light and look around your house.
Typical evidence to look for in your home:
Rat droppings, fecal pellets are the most commonly encountered sign, serves as primary evidence to confirm rat infestation.
Even a small population of mice can produce thousand of droppings in a short period of time. Fresh droppings are dark in color and soft in texture, but after three days they harden and loose the dark color, age of droppings will tell you if your rodent problem is current.
Runways are usually evident in rodent infestations, rodents repeatedly use the same pathways between their nests and food sources.
Common pathways are foundations, tree branches, electrical lines, pipe and sewer lines.
If you notice rodent pathways always have rub marks with them. Rub marks are grease marks created from oil and dirt on the rodent’s skin and often appear along wall areas next to runways.
Also, both rats and mice urinate frequently during their daily travels, a mouse is capable of depositing three thousand droplets in just twenty-four hours. Rodent urine is often deposited in their runways, and other areas they frequently visit.
What’s that Smell?
Strong ammonia smell from there droppings and rodent odors.
It simply affirms larger rodent infestations. The more noticeable the smell is, the more rats there are.
Cats and dogs may excitedly sniff and probe an area where rodents are present and hunt them down, which is bad, because we don’t know where it has been and what decease it’s carrying.
Wait…Did you hear that?
Various annoying sounds produced by rodents and their young.
high pitched squeaks
scratching and digging noises
These sounds can commonly be heard during night inspections.
Rodent bite marks are often evident.
Rats can gnaw through wood, plastics and even mild steel.
They have also been known to cause fires by chewing through wiring.
Try check your pantry and look for bite marks on food packaging
Simple inspections of these common signs will help you detect any rodent issues in your home before they become a serious problem.
Signs of rodents in your home can be a serious wake up call of what exist that you may not even see first hand.
Store bought traps may seem like a solution for the do it yourself type.The Harsh reality is they only capture a small percentage of rodent infestations. You may think your saving money but in the long run you may end up spending more and worsen your situation.
Kill one Kill them all!
With the size and mobility of rodents perhaps you catch a couple with store bought traps this does not solve your long term problem.
Rodents naturally are bait and trap shy and can get through the smallest entry points on your property. We at One Two Tree Pest Control Division don’t only solve your immediate infestation we take the necessary action to ensure they don’t come back.