The Fall season is upon us, and that means rodents are beginning to seek shelter inside accessible homes and properties looking for warmer areas and a food source. It is very hard to miss a rather large rodent infestation, but they can begin small and that is the ideal time to act. At Florida Pest Control Center, we have the following recommendations to keep a lookout for and to prepare for these little critters:
Six Signs of a Rodent Infestation:
Droppings – these are the most common and easily seen signs of an infestation. Mice droppings are usually no more than ¼” in length and are small, dark brown, with pointed ends. Rat droppings can be anywhere between ¾” and ½” long and vary in shape depending on the type of rat. It is strongly recommended to use gloves and a mask when cleaning up rodent droppings.
Gnaw Marks – noticing small bite or chew marks on wood, cardboard, and other materials is another indicator of a rodent infestation as mice and rats of all sizes are known to gnaw on anything from baseboards to wires.
Track Marks – tiny footprints are another obvious sign of infestation. These typically appear up high where dust collects, and tracks would be identifiable.
Scratch Marks and Noises – marks and noises are often located inside walls and in attics and ceilings.
Nests – notice clusters of debris or garbage anywhere? Rodents use materials such as shredded paper, fabric, or dried plant matter to make their nests. If nests are found and there are also other signs of current presence (droppings, gnawing or odor), there is a great chance it is an infestation.
Foul Odor – smell something odd? Odors from a rodent will grow stronger as an infestation worsens – especially if a rodent dies inside a dwelling. This is a time to let the professionals handle matters as they can be very hazardous.
If you do find the telltale rat or mouse droppings and you do not want to deal with the kill vs. trap-and-release dilemma —do not hesitate to call a professional. At Florida Pest Control Center we have specially trained and licensed pest control professionals that can provide the detection of the infestations, the treatment, as well as the prevention and extermination methods needed to eliminate these pests for good. The longer the rodents are in your house, the more droppings (that may carry disease), and the more damage they will likely do.
Let the professionals deal with the rodents for you. Call us today at 954-945-5050
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