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There are lots of critters which invade homes and businesses when the chill of winter comes. So, how do you know if you have disease spreading, wood chewing rodents? Before I tell you, I'd like to expound on those two points.

Diseases Spreading

According to the CDC, rodents are directly linked to the spread of several diseases that can be contracted by humans, not the least of which are salmonella, murine typhus, infectious jaundice, Weil's disease, and more. They also spread bacteria, due to the rot they eat and climb through. Because of this, their dirty fur, urine, and feces contaminate dishes, counters, and food supplies.

Wood Chewing

Rodents are classified by their incisor teeth that never stop growing, and their continual need to file those teeth down, by gnawing on things. In a home or business, rodents can do quite a bit of damage to walls, support beams, insulation, and wiring. The last two also make them a fire hazard.

Here are 5 ways to detect and identify rodents

  1. Droppings. If you have rodents, you will have feces in your cabinets, drawers, and on your shelves. If your infestation is active, the droppings will be moist and black. Older droppings are hard and grey.

  2. Sounds in the walls. You won't typically hear a mouse or rat moving across a floor, but when they get into the walls, they are less nervous about making noise. That is when you'll hear them bumping and scraping, as they move up and down through your wall voids.

  3. Chewing and gnawing. Look low, and in darkened alcoves, for chew holes. These are a good sign that you have rodents. You'll also find chew marks on food packaging, and pantry boxes.

  4. Nests. Take a flashlight and look up in your attic crawl spaces. If you are fortunate, you'll find a nest. But oftentimes rodents will build their nests in your walls, so they can be closer to their food source.

  5. Tracks or footprints. If you have dusty shelves, you can easily see the marks and footprints of rodent activity. If you don't, you can put down powder, to see if you can pick some up.

Once you've determined you have rodents, it is best to have a professional pest controller remove them in a safe, humane manner. A pest controller can also help you seal entry points and disinfect contaminated areas. Having rodents in your home or business is never good. Contact Rottler today to learn more about our rodent control services!


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