Mice and rats, the best-known members of the order Rodentia, are fond of warm homes in fall and winter. In fact, these two seasons account for 45% of household rodent problems, which means now is the time to pursue professional pest control with Action Pest Exterminating.
In lieu of seeing a mouse scamper across your kitchen floor, the need for our pest control services isn’t always readily apparent. Here are several common signs that rodents are in your home.
Rodents, especially rats, have oily fur. These critters usually follow the same path to and from their nest and whatever food source they’ve found in your home. It’s not uncommon for a rodent’s fur to leave noticeable dirt or grease tracks across a floor or along a wall, demarcating their route and confirming that you need pest control services.
Rodent droppings take the form of small pellets, which are one of the most common signs that your house has a rodent problem. These pellets are usually found in pantries, cabinets, basements, and anywhere else where food is stored. However, rodent droppings are also liable to appear along the creature’s daily route: atop wall beams, inside cardboard boxes, beneath sinks, and along baseboards.
If you find rodent droppings in your home, it’s vital that you contact our mouse control experts immediately. These droppings often contain bacteria that’s harmful to humans, either in the form of allergy exacerbation or transfer of serious diseases like salmonella. Compounding this problem is the fact that rodents are notoriously quick breeders, with short gestation cycles. If a single mouse can leave 50+ droppings per day, imagine how many droppings your home could be infested with after a month.
Every house has its idiosyncrasies, the most common of which are of the audible variety: creaks, scrapes, and squeaks. If your home is also host to the sounds of scurrying paws in the attic and walls, especially late at night, you have a rodent problem. Mice love to nest in dark, moist places, which is why preventive pest control always includes maintaining a dry, well-ventilated attic. Also, rodents have a fondness for cardboard, which is why Action Pest Exterminating recommends using plastic or metal containers for attic storage. Following these steps can reduce rodents, but total elimination of an infestation requires the mice control services of our local Charlotte exterminating company.
If droppings are the number one sign of a rodent infestation, gnaw marks are a close second. And like droppings, gnaw marks bring their share of potentially serious problems. That’s because rodents possess sharp teeth that allows them to chew through virtually any kind of material, ranging from plastic to metal. If a rodent thinks there’s food or water behind an obstacle, rest assured it will try and chew through. This “dedication” can lead to compromised water pipes that are more prone to rupturing. And if a mouse decides to chew through some of your home’s electrical wiring, the threat of fire is very real.
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