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Rodents in your home aren’t just annoying—they can cause a lot of damage and are carriers of disease. Every country on earth has rats and mice, with most kinds living in forests or fields. However, there are three types of rodents that commonly live in homes: the house mouse, roof rat, and the Norway rat. No matter what type of property you live in, rats and mice are a threat to all homeowners and property owners throughout the year. It can be difficult to deal with an infestation, which is why it’s important to know the signs that you have rats or mice in the home.
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Warning signs of rats and mice
As dreadful as it is to deal with a rodent infestation, it’s thankfully rather easy to tell when you have a problem. Some of the things that signal a rodent infestation include:
- Droppings: The number one sign of the presence of rats and mice, rodent droppings are odorous and can cause a safety hazard.
- Gnaw marks: If you check your food pantry and notice packages with little holes or gnaw marks, it is indicative that rats or mice have been eating your food.
- Nesting materials: Chewed up, shredded paper found in your attic, in boxes or drawers can be a sign of rats or mice making nests in your home.
- Odors: A stale smell that you can’t explain or foul odor from droppings and urine are big indicators of an active infestation.
- Strange noises: If you notice chewing, scratching, or gnawing sounds in the attic or in your walls, it’s probably due to mice or rats.
- Burrows or tunnels: Check under boards, in the doghouse, weedy spots, and near garbage cans for signs of burrows, which means rats and mice may be tunneling into your home.
- Runways or tracks: Rats and mice might leave tracks along the floor, so spread out some talcum powder along counter tops and baseboards to see if you notice paw prints.
The importance of catching rodent infestations
Rats and mice breed at lightning speed. A mouse can start reproducing at two months of age. Only two months later, her offspring can start breeding and reproducing. Mice can infest even the cleanest of homes in no time at all. Rats breed throughout the year, and one female can produce up to five litters per year, numbering fourteen or more. For these reasons, it’s absolutely crucial to get treatment for rodents as soon as you notice the signs of an infestation.
Call an expert rodent removal company
Because getting rid of rats and mice can be so difficult, and the use of poison or traps may not be preferable, it is always recommended to hire a professional pest control company. Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s is proud to provide exceptional rodent control services. We also offer comprehensive protection plans to protect your home from the dangers of rodents year-round. Call us today to learn more!Back to Rodent Exterminators
Signs You Have a Rodent Infestation in Virginia
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