Rats and mice can seem like an annoying problem to have, but it can also be dangerous to have these pests in your home. Knowing the signs of an infestation can help you prevent the dangers associated with it by taking swift action to eliminate the problem.
One of the first things that people usually notice is the droppings that rats and mice leave. These droppings are usually found along the routes that the rats or mice take throughout your home. Mice and rats scour your home for food, water, and safety from the elements. If you think you might have rats or mice, look for droppings or urine around areas where food is kept or water is plentiful.
Rats and mice have teeth that constantly continue to grow. They have to gnaw on objects, hard and soft, to keep their teeth at a manageable length. You may find marks of gnawing in your walls or on the edges of doors. You may also find gnawing marks in your food or the areas where food is kept such as cabinets.
If you have a rat or mice infestation, you will probably hear them gnawing and scratching, especially late at night. These rodents are frequently nocturnal and are busiest at night. If you start hearing frequent scratching sounds or the patter of tiny feet, it is a sure sign of an infestation.
If you think you may have rats or mice in your home but have not seen any definitive signs, spread talcum powder along the walls and near areas of food and water. You will quickly see tracks in the powder if you have an infestation.
It is important that if you have rats or mice to tackle the problem immediately. Rats and mice carry a number of very harmful diseases, including plague, typhus, rabies, and bacterial food poisoning. Rats and mice contaminate much more food than they actually eat, and you could have contaminated food and not be aware of it. Contact us today for more information about how we can rid you of your rat or mice infestation to ensure your family’s safety.