Controlling rodents can often seem like a full time job. Of course, it’s also an important one if you hope to keep your family healthy. Rodents carry disease and filth, two things you definitely don’t want to expose yourself to. But how will you know if you have rodents in your home in the first place? Let’s take a look at a few tell-tale signs that the dirty critters have taken up residence:
Sign #1: Droppings
Rodents leave small dark droppings and since they don’t have any control over urination or defecation, they’ll do their business anywhere. You might find some in your garage, basement, attic, or even inside the main rooms of your house. Cupboards and pantries are also common places to find rodent droppings. The size of the droppings are relative to the type and size of the species of rodent that left them. Just remember: as important as controlling rodents is, you must exercise caution when cleaning up their droppings because certain ailments, such as the Hantavirus, can be transmitted through their feces and inhaled into your system.
Sign #2: Chewing
Rodents will chew on almost anything they come into contact with. Teeth marks on wood around your house is a common sign of a rodent problem. Controlling rodents is especially important when you consider that some will chew through wires, which can lead to short circuiting and maybe even fires, if left untreated. If you check your cupboards or pantry and notice holes in your boxes or bags of food, you’ll definitely know that you have a problem.
Sign #3: Scratching
This is often the first sign that a person notices. Mice and rats will get into your home’s walls and move around, especially at night. They don’t really sneak around most of the time, so if they’re within your walls, there’s a good chance that you will hear them. These rodents, along with squirrels, can also get into your attic and start nesting there. At night, you might hear them moving around above you. For many people, this is when they truly realize there’s a problem.
Sign #4: Tracks
Rodents skitter from one place to the next and they don’t make a habit of covering their tracks. Another sign to be on the lookout are tracks left in dusty areas within your home. If you do find any rodent tracks, you should be able to identify exactly what kind of rodent has made its way into your house based on the size of its tracks. From there, you may want to lay a few traps in the area (or areas) where you found the tell-tale sign, because there’s a good chance they’re hiding somewhere nearby.
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