Many people equate mice control and rat control to wintertime, but Action Pest Exterminating can safely say that rodent control is a year-round job. If you’re worried about a possible rodent problem in your home, use the following signs as a checklist.
Rodents of all sizes are well-known for their propensity to gnaw on everything and anything, from baseboards to wires. Finding small chew marks on wood, cardboard, and wires should raise an immediate red flag.
A rodent infestation is usually accompanied by a musky odor. This odor tends to grow stronger as the infestation worsens. This, along with the following sign, is one of the biggest reasons why homeowners contact our local exterminator for mice control services in North Carolina.
When rodents die inside a home, it won’t be long before the occupants detect a strong, unpleasant smell. If the stench is overpowering and you want to remove the dead rodent on your own, don gloves and a mask before doing so. However, we strongly suggest calling our licensed pest control professionals to find and remove dead rodents or other pests, since they can be very hazardous even after death.
Unusual Pet Behavior
If you own a pet and your dog or cat is constantly scratching at walls or acting erratically in a certain part of your home, it could be a sign of rodents. Make a note of where they exhibit this behavior and then pass it on to our pest technician when he inspects your home. The more background we have, the better.
Rodent droppings are among the most common and easily seen signs of an infestation. Mice droppings are usually no more than ¼” in length. Small in size, dark in color, and with pointed ends. Rat droppings can be anywhere between ¾” and ½” long and vary in shape depending on the type of rat. Always use gloves and a mask when cleaning up rodent droppings.
Tiny rodent footprints are another obvious sign of infestation. Look for these anywhere where dust collects easily.
Mice and rats will sometimes gnaw small holes in thin walls or materials in order to create new entry points and ways to get around. It’s not uncommon to find these holes in boxes kept in basement storage, where it’s dark and oft times deserted.
The cause of allergies is usually hard to pin down, and pest allergies are often overlooked. The fur and droppings of rodents can cause allergic reactions in some people, and allergists believe a pest-free home can help combat regular allergy problems.
A rodent’s oily fur commonly results in grease marks and streaks being left on surfaces they run across. When inspecting for rodents, look for unexplained marks like this.
Scampering, gnawing noises, and scratching could all indicate the presence of a rodent (or rodents) in your home or business. Attics, ceilings, and the inside of walls are hotbeds for such noises.
Take Control Today
If you’ve confirmed that your home has a rodent problem, contact Action Pest Exterminating for effective mice and rat control near Charlotte. Our well-trained professional exterminators will address the problem right away in order to stave off the negative effects of these pests, which include the spread of disease, illness, and contamination.