Spotting a mouse or rat infestation in your home might not be as obvious as watching one of these guys scurry across your living room floor. In fact, infestations of rodents can go on for months without you knowing if you don’t know what signs to look for in your house. The sooner you can confirm an infestation of rodents the sooner you can reach out to a professional and have the problem taken care of before more rodents, mate and give birth or move into other parts of your property.
Rodent Infestation Warning Signs
- The most prominent warning sign will be rodent waste. For small creatures, mice and rats produce a significant amount of droppings and urine. Keep an eye out for small black droppings, which are typically ovular. These can be anywhere from on your kitchen counter to along baseboards in bedrooms. If you see these droppings, clean them up and spot them again in the same places, you almost definitely have a rodent infestation. If you find more in one area than another, you could even be close to the nest.
- You may hear rodents scampering around, rustling in their nest or squeaking as they scurry through the house. It’s important to know that mice and rats are typically noisier at night. Therefore, if you are looking for signs of a rodent infestation you could benefit from listening carefully during the dark hours. As we go to bed, mice and rats are just waking up to start their days. Their daily activities could also include chewing and gnawing at wood and wires, another sign that they could be living in your home.
If you notice one or more of these signs, you should reach out to a pest control specialist right away. While you may think mousetraps can solve the problem, there is almost always more than just a few rodents and getting rid of them is a large effort done best by professionals that know where to find these rodents and how to get rid of them for good.
Common Entry Points for Rodents to Enter Homes
No one likes to think that rodents are living in their home. That’s why it’s so important to know where and how they can enter the home. When you know how they can get in, you can take the necessary measures to keep them out.
Here are 5 very common ways that rodents can enter the home:
- Window and door frames can be an easy way for mice, rats and other rodents to get into your home. Uneven framing leaves holes from the outside to the inside while seemingly sturdy rubber weather stripping is quickly chewed away and not much of a deterrent.
- Entering via utility lines is also often a form of entry. HVAC, power lines and pipes that travel from the exterior to the interior of the home often have spare space around them.
- Gaps left between the utility lines and the exterior walls provide more than enough space for rodents to squeeze through and enter a house. In addition,
- Gaps between building materials are also places that they can find and use to get out of the cold and into your house.
- Through the plastic or aluminum vents in roofs. Believe it or not, it’s very simple for them to climb up house siding and enter the home through these roof vents.
If you live in any neighborhood in Jupiter or Port St. Lucie and think you have a rodent infestation in your property, contact Adam’s Pest Control for more information about what steps to take next.