4 Signs You Have a Rodent Infestation

4 Signs You Have a Rodent Infestation
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    Common rodent pests like rats and mice often make their way indoors during the winters in search of food, warmth, and shelter from the elements.

    Once they've moved in, they can cause expensive damage to your home, not to mention put you and your family at risk for serious health issues.


Active prevention can definitely reduce your chances of dealing with rodents in the first place, but sometimes even your best efforts aren’t enough to keep pests away altogether. The following are some signs that you may be living with mice or rats and would do well to contact a professional rodent control company sooner rather than later.

1. Torn or Nibbled Food Packaging

Rodents are well known for their unparalleled ability to get into just about container when they’re in search of food, so packaging that looks as if it’s been chewed or otherwise tampered with is a dead giveaway of a developing rodent problem.

They can and will chew through almost anything to get at something they want, so inspect your pantry carefully for evidence.

Favorite target food items include pet kibble, grains, or cereals. Throw away any boxes or packages that have holes in them or that otherwise show signs of a rodent having bothered it. Eating food that’s been contaminated by rodents can make you very sick.

2. Musky Odors in Your Home

Mice and rats are animals, and like all animals, they tend to be smelly and messy if left to their own devices. The urine and waste products rodents leave behind can accumulate and lead to a musty, feral odor that permeates even a home that’s kept meticulously clean.

Individual rodents will eventually hide themselves away someplace remote to die when their time inevitably comes. For those reasons, one of the most obvious signs of a potential rodent issue in your home is a musky, pungent “animal” smell that never goes away and doesn’t seem to have an explanation.

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3. Presence of Rodent Droppings

If you ever actually see mouse or rat droppings, that’s a sign that you not only have rodents in your home but that the problem is becoming serious and that you may require the services of a professional pest control company.

Rodent droppings can vary in appearance depending on the species in question, but they resemble small, dark grains of rice. Although it’s possible to come across rodent droppings anywhere in the house rodents might be present, out of the way locations like basements and attics are places you’d be especially likely to see some.

4. Actual Rodent Sightings

If you or anyone else in your household has actually seen a live rat or mouse inside the home, especially during the day, you’re almost definitely dealing with an infestation. Rodents are nocturnal and prefer to stay out of sight for the most part, so they’re rarely to never out and about while the sun’s up.

If you do see them during the daytime regardless, it could be a sign that the nests they’ve made are becoming overcrowded. It’s definitely a sign that the rodent issue in your home has potentially become too big for you to handle on your own and that you need the help of a professional exterminator.

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Learning or suspecting that you may be sharing your home with destructive, disease-causing vermin like rats or mice is understandably a stressful experience. However, the sooner you address the issue and get the infestation taken care of, the more quickly you can get back to living your life and enjoying your home to fullest.

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