In a place like Florida, rodents are ever-present. These clever and resourceful critters can easily make their way into your home, using it for shelter as they snack on your food. While larger infestations are often easy to spot, it’s best to control an infestation before it gets out of control. If you suspect you’re dealing with a rodent infestation, here are some of the telltale signs to look for:
You’re Seeing Rodent Droppings Around the House
One of the easiest to find—and most troubling—signs of a rodent infestation. Look closely around food packages, in cabinets, under sinks, along walls, and in hard-to-reach areas. If you spot fresh droppings that are dark and moist, it’s a clear sign you’re dealing with an active infestation and need to call in your local rodent control experts immediately.
You’re Seeing Gnaw Marks
In contrast to droppings, which turn lighter as they age, gnaw marks from rodents turn darker as they get older. If you’re spotting gnawed holes on walls, food packaging, or anywhere else, there’s likely more than one pesky rodent making themselves comfortable in your home. It’s often helpful to compare gnaw marks you find around the house—if you’re seeing new marks that are lighter in color, it’s a good indication that you’re dealing with a current infestation.
The marks also indicate whether you have a rat or mouse problem. Larger marks come from the larger teeth of rats, while small holes are likely created by the smaller teeth of mice.
You’re Smelling Foul Odors
Noticing a foul smell in your home and can’t pinpoint the source? Rats and mice urinate just like any other animal, and if either critter—or both—has infested your home, you’ll likely notice a strong, stale ammonia-like smell coming from hidden areas.
If you have cats and dogs, they’ll quickly notice the unpleasant aroma. Pets often become excited and active in spaces where rodents are present—they’ll be able to smell the urine right away. If you spot your pet pawing or clawing at areas where they previously had no interest, such as under the stove, below cabinets, in spaces around the refrigerator, and more, it’s a good sign you have an active infestation on your hands.
You’re Hearing Scratching Noises
Hearing a clawing sound coming from the walls? The cause isn’t supernatural—it’s likely a rodent infestation. You may hear mice or rats scurrying behind walls and joists, running under your floors, or exploring your cabinets. Sometimes, you can even hear muffled squeaks.
Call the Pest Control Experts at Evergreen Leesburg to Remove a Rodent Infestation for Good
Whether you’ve spotted rodent droppings or you’re hearing strange noises coming from your walls or cabinets, you’re likely dealing with a rodent infestation. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local pest control experts to handle the problem right away, since a rodent infestation can be hazardous to the health of your family—including your pets.