Unfortunately, rodents excel at being stealthy and tough-to-detect. Their stealth and ability to go unnoticed is how they manage to survive. So when they find their way into your home, they can often go unnoticed if you aren’t keeping a vigilant eye out. Luckily, there are a few subtle signs of rodents in your home or business that you can keep an eye out for. Keep reading to check out our top eight signs of rodents at Dave’s Pest Control. And don’t forget to give us a call if you notice any of these signs of rats or mice in your home. Our pest control team can safely and quickly remove and prevent any rodents in your home or business.
Mice and rats may be sneaky about being seen, but they don’t seem to have a problem going when they have to go. As gross as this may be, it makes it a lot easier to identify if you have any rodents in your home or business. They leave droppings in cabinets, along walls, in drawers, or other areas that are relatively out of sight. If you suspect that you may have a rodent control problem, spend a little time searching for droppings as evidence. Or, if you stumble across droppings while going about your life, take this as a sign of a rodent problem and call pest control services right away.
Gnawed Food Containers
Rodents are notorious for chewing through cereal box containers, thin plastic bags, or other somewhat flimsy food containers to gain access to the tasty treats inside. If you notice chewed-through boxes and containers, this is another big sign that you may be sharing your home with rodents. Keep a sharp eye out for damaged cereal boxes and other thin food containers — especially the corners.
Chewed or Scratched Areas
Food containers are not the only thing that mice can scratch and claw their way into. Rodents can chew and scratch wood, drywall, baseboards, and other surfaces in your home to find a suitable hiding place. Mice and rats can fit into surprisingly small holes, so holes and scratch marks of any kind may be an indication of a rodent control issue. If you suspect you may have one or more rodents in your home, check around for gnawed wood, small holes, and scratched areas. Places to look include cabinets, along the walls, and other out-of-the-way areas in your home or business.
Rodents will find a spot that is hidden and out of the way to set up a home base. At this home base, you will find a nest made from paper, trash, fabric, or anything else they can find nearby. Even if you find a nest without a rodent in it, it likely means that there is a rodent creeping about nearby. If you find a rodent’s nest, contact pest control services like our team at Dave’s Pest Control to confirm you have found a rodent’s nest and help remove any unwanted pests from your property.
Strange Pet Behavior
Sometimes pets notice there is a pest control problem before people do. Odd pet behavior is another sign that could point to there being rodents or other pests in your home. Cats and dogs may pick up on a subtle scent or even have a sighting or a rodent before we do. After all, they are home a lot more than we are. Cats will stay in one place staring for hours on end as they hunt down the rodent they have picked up on. Dogs can behave similarly, or they can whine, suddenly dart after something, or exhibit other unusual behavior if they have picked up on a rodent.
When most people have a rodent sighting, it usually happens so fast they wonder if they even saw anything at all. Mice and rats are very quick. So if you do spot them, it will usually be very briefly out of the corner of your eye. They appear as a dark streak much of the time. Though they can sometimes be seen hiding or slowly making their way along a wall. Sightings are the clearest sign of all that there is a pest control problem. Unfortunately, if you spot one rodent, there is a high chance that there are many more you don’t see.
Things Going Bump in the Night
You may hear mice and rats in your walls and scuttering around at night before you ever see them. Keep an ear out for tiny scampering noises, the rustling of plastic or packaging, a rustling in the garbage, or scratching noises. Isolated incidents of these noises may not necessarily be a sign that you have a rodent control problem. But, if you regularly hear any of these noises, it may be time to call your local pest control professionals.
Mice and rats themselves often come with a stale, musty odor. Additionally, their urine has a strong ammonia smell. Because it can be difficult to see if you have a rodent control problem, it’s important to trust your other senses as well like sound and smell. If you are noticing a new unpleasant urine smell, it could be a sign that you have a pest control issue.
Dave’s Pest Control
We hope that today’s blog post has armed you with the knowledge you need to identify the signs of a rodent infestation. Rodent control is far easier and more effective the sooner it is detected. The longer a pest control problem like mice and rats go unnoticed, the worse the infestation gets. Knowing the signs and what to look out for can help you prevent needing pest control services for rodents in the future!
No matter how clean and careful you are, though, rodents can sometimes make their way into your home or business. If this is the case for you, be sure to contact us at Dave’s Pest Control sooner rather than later. We have extensive experience and regularly work in Port Orange, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna, Deland, and all throughout Flagler County and Volusia County.