Could you have rodents in your St. Louis home and not even know it? It is entirely possible, especially if the infestation is still small; but a small infestation can fairly quickly become a large infestation if not taken care of immediately. Rats and mice can multiply at an alarming rate. Rodents multiply quickly, so it is important to be able to spot the signs of their activity in your home. Be on the lookout for the following signs that rodents could have infested your home.
Rodent droppings. Rodents are prolific poopers, so they leave their droppings everywhere they go. Typically these can be found in cabinets, pantries, bins, in the backs of drawers, or anywhere else the rodents roam.
Noises. Rodents are not quiet. If they are inside your walls, you might hear squeaking, rustling, chewing, scratching, or scampering noises. These noises will be more noticeable at night as rodents are nocturnal animals.
Urine trails. Rodents tend to dribble all over the place as they travel. And mice sometimes make things called urinating pillars. These are small mounds made up of grease, dirt, and urine. Often there are tiny drops of urine leading to one of these mounds.
Damaged food packaging. Rodents will attempt to chew through any package containing food. Often there will be droppings nearby.
Nests. Rodent nests are generally made up of soft, warm materials like fabrics, furniture stuffing, shredded paper, grass, etc. They are usually found in hard-to-reach places such as boxes or closets or the subspace between ceilings and floors. Other possible nesting sites are behind appliances, inside dressers, inside machinery, or anywhere else it is cozy.
Grease marks. When mice wedge through openings, they often leave a smudgy grease mark behind from grease on their fur.
Gnaw marks. Rodents never stop chewing because their teeth never stop growing. Because of this, they may leave chew marks on wood, plastic, treasured items stored in the attic, and even wires, which can be a fire hazard.
Bad smell. Rodents in a home can create a smell that some describe as an "off" aroma.
Tracks. Rodents will leave tiny footprints in areas where there is dust or powder. If you want to check an area for rodent activity, simply put down some powder and then go back and check the area the next day. If you see little footprints, you have an active rodent infestation.
Pet excitement. If your dog or cat is acting strangely, barking, sniffing at walls, waiting expectantly--staring at the stove, you may have an active rodent infestation.
So you have rodents. Now, what?
It is not a good idea to let rodents multiply within your walls. Not only do they disturb sleep and contaminate everything they come into contact with, they can pose a fire hazard and are the source of many diseases and illnesses. If you are seeing the signs listed above, it is time to contact a pest control specialist. Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we offer a home inspection that is 100% FREE; and if we discover any pests living within your St. Louis walls, we will work to completely eradicate and seal them out. Don't let rodents "breed like rabbits," in your home. Get help today.