7 Signs of a Rodent Infestation
Look out for the warning signs of their infestation and take immediate action or else it may be difficult to get rid of them.
Rodent infestations in or surrounding a home can prove to be extremely destructive. There are a number of things to look for when trying to identify and prevent rodent infestations.
Our St. Louis rodent control experts can get to the root of your rodent problem and help you prevent future infestations.
Some Facts About Mice
In one year, a female mouse can produce 10 litters. After mating, the young are born in 20 days. They, in turn, can start reproducing within 2 months. The lifespan of a mouse is between 9 months to 1 year.
These facts show that rodent infestations can grow rapidly and it may be a demanding task to exterminate them.
7 Indications of an Infestation
In order to know whether you have a rodent infestation in your house watch out for the following signs:
- Rodent Droppings – Rodent droppings can be found in drawers, cupboards, near food packages, under sinks or in hidden areas. New droppings are moist and dark. Older ones are gray and crumble easily when touched. The largest amount of droppings are found where the rodents are feeding or nesting. So you should inspect the area around the droppings and find if there is a previous or current infestation.
- Gnawing Marks – If there are rats or mice around the place, gnawing marks can be seen on food packaging or on the structure of the house. New gnaw marks are lighter in color than the old ones. If the gnaw marks are light in color you can assume that the infestation is continuing. Larger gnaw marks indicate the presence of rats who have larger teeth than mice.
- Foul Odor – If there is a foul odor in the place and a cat or dog starts pawing at an area, you can examine the area and see if there are any rats or mice. Usually, a stale smell comes from the hidden areas when there is an active infestation.
- Mouse Tracks – You can see the footprints, smudge marks, droppings or urine stains of the rodents in the suspected area with the help of a flashlight. To confirm their presence you can place a thin layer of flour or baby powder in the suspected area. If rodents are there you will be able to see their imprints in the powder.
- Rat Nests – Generally, mice use dried plant matter, shredded fabric or paper to make their nests. If such things are found in any part of your house examine the place.
- Indication of Their Presence in the Yard – Check the piles of garbage and organic waste near your house and see if there are any rodents. If they are not there then you may not have any rodents in your house.
- Size of Rodent Population – If the rodents are seen only at night it means their population is not very large and they can be controlled with baits and traps. But if they are seen during the daytime it implies that their number is excessively large and professional St. Louis pest control is required to eliminate them.
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