Rodents are cunning little pests that can quickly and easily invade nearly any building. They can cause expensive damage, spread disease, and of course, significantly lower property values. Rodents are a menace for any home or business.
While they may be elusive, there are some telltale signs that you may have some unwelcome critters lurking in the background busily spreading mayhem.
Home Sweet Home
One surefire way to determine if you have a rodent infestation is if you see signs that they have made themselves at home. While this includes more blatant evidence like little droppings, it also means looking out for bits of nesting material. Rodents love to use materials like fabric, paper, and insulation to build their little houses within your home’s walls and under your floors. If you find any of these materials in random shreds, it is likely that there is a nest somewhere close.
One of the most obvious signs of a rodent problem is any food or food packaging that has clear chew marks, but that isn’t the only way these little pests do damage. They can leave holes all over your home. They may chew their way into your furniture, your walls, or your floors. Often, this is how they make their initial entry into your living space. With this in mind, you might also want to investigate the perimeter of your property, under porches and decks, and most definitely around any visible sections of the foundation. Even if you have yet to discover any rodents within the building, evidence of a rodent entryway could mean an impending infestation.
When rodents do take up residence, their presence is frequently marked with odd smells. These creatures will defecate and urinate anywhere, especially around their nests. It might only be noticeable in an isolated space at first. Over only a short time, the smell can permeate whole areas of your home. In warmer weather, the intensity will only get worse. It’s important to remember that this scent is far more than just unpleasant to your senses. It is also damaging your health and your home, potentially staining walls and floors with unsanitary and smelly rodent excrement.
Prevent the Problem
Rodents are a very common complaint. They seek out warm, dark hiding places and your house is an ideal place for them to build their own home. Rodent infestations are so common that it is a good idea to regularly check for any of these signs, even if you haven’t spotted one of the invaders themselves. If you have any suspicion that you may have a problem, it is important to call a pest control professional as soon as possible. Due to the inherent health risks, it’s advisable not to attempt confronting rodents on your own. Contact expert help right away. Rodents can do a lot of damage in a very short time, and breed rapidly. An exterminator will be able to nip the problem in the bud and can help you rodent-proof your home to avoid future issues.
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