Common Signs of a Rodent Infestation
Many people associate the cold weather during wintertime in Phoenix with a very pleasant time of the year—not to mention decreased energy bills. But where Phoenix pest control is concerned, wintertime is also synonymous with rodent infestations throughout the Valley of the Sun. In fact, a survey by the National Pest Management Association found that 45 percent of rodent issues occur in the fall and winter. In one of our previous blog entries, we introduced you to some of the basic information regarding Phoenix rodent control. In this blog entry, we want to help you identify the signs of a rodent infestation.
Because we are in the middle of the time of year that mice and rats tend to move indoors in search of food, water and shelter, it is important we make you aware of the signs of a rodent infestation. After all and as your trusted Phoenix pest control team, we owe it to you to help you know what to look for—in order to help ensure you do not become one of the many unwilling and unwitting victims of a rodent invasion. With the help of our friends at the National Pest Management Association, we have created a comprehensive list of infestation signs to help you identify a potential rodent control emergency:
How To Spot a Rodent Infestation
Finding mice or rat droppings in your home one of the most common signs of a rodent infestation. Measuring approximately 1/8-1/4” (3-6 mm) long, these pellets are often left behind in places where food is stored, like kitchen cabinets or pantries. Mouse droppings are also found under sinks, inside chewed cardboard boxes, along baseboards and on top of wall beams.
Mouse feces carry harmful bacteria, transmit serious diseases such as salmonella and Hantavirus, and can also trigger allergies. Mice are capable of producing more than 50 droppings per day; so prompt removal using protective gloves is key to keeping the family safe from the potential health threats posed by these critters.
Rodents can cause serious property damage by chewing through almost any type of material—including plastic and lead pipes—in order to obtain food or water. Mice and rats are also known to gnaw on wires behind walls, which can increase the risk of a fire in your home. Therefore it is necessary to keep a watchful eye out for gnaw marks around the house, as this is a clear sign of a rodent infestation.
Rodents prefer to nest in dark, secluded areas where there is little chance of disturbance. House mice, specifically, like to build their nests out of shredded paper products, cotton, packing materials, wall insulation and fabrics. If you see these materials scattered around your home, you should contact the Phoenix pest control professionals at Insectek immediately, as by this point the infestation is well under way.
Tracks or rub marks
Rats specifically tend to leave dark grease or dirt marks along walls and floorboards as they follow a trail throughout the home between their nest and food. Keep an eye out for these rub marks, which are actually caused by the rat’s oily fur. If you do find these marks, chances are the rats are already well embedded in your home, and therefore we recommend contacting our Phoenix pest control team immediately.
Hearing strange noises in the walls, especially at night, can be a bit disconcerting. Chances are what you are hearing is a family of rodents scurrying about the house, between the walls, and even up into your attic. Rodents are especially fond of attics because they provide dark, secluded spots to build nests. Unfortunately, attics are among the rooms in a home that are easily overlooked during the pest-proofing process—as many homes in the Valley have crawl spaces that cannot be easily entered by human beings. However and because of this, attic crawl spaces are easy targets for rodents wishing to prosper out of the sight and reach of human beings.
An actual rodent
Mice can breed rapidly, so if you spot one mouse in the house, it’s likely there are many more you are not seeing. In fact, a female house mouse can give birth to a half dozen babies every three weeks, and in some cases upwards of 50 baby offspring annually. That’s a lot of mice, and it is also a boatload of potential danger for you, your family and pets as a result.
Your Phoenix Pest Control Team Rids You of Rodents
If you recognize any of these signs of a rodent infestation, don’t waste precious time contacting us to help. Rodents can multiply fast, and they are known to spread more than 35 diseases that make humans and domesticated animals very sick. They are also capable of chewing through drywall and even electrical wiring in the home, which increases the risk for a potential fire.
Therefore, the best thing you can do if you suspect a rodent infestation in your home is to contact the Phoenix pest control professionals at Insectek Pest Solutions—and put your trust in the hands of our expert team of rodent control specialists. For rodent prevention or control tasks of any size or severity, allow us to go to work for you, and keep you home safe, secure and rodent free from here on out.