How to know if you have a rodent problem

**Image courtesy of liveanimalist.com

**Image courtesy of liveanimalist.com

 

Recently we posted an article on how to prevent mice and rats from entering your home this winter…Here are a few key identifiers to the presence of rodents for you to be aware of:

Are your pets upset?
They can get stirred up when they hear and smell rodents in the house…Cats and dogs may solve the problem, but not all of them are the best hunters.  I once saw my cat co-exist with a mouse, “Hey new friend”.
Can you see rodent droppings?
Rat droppings are shiny black, blunt at both ends, and ½ – ¾ of an inch long. Mice droppings are smooth, with pointed ends, usually about 1/8 – ¼ of an inch long.
Do you see small tracks and tail trails in dusty areas?
Look for them in corners, along baseboards, and near sources of food.
Do you see areas where wood has been gnawed?
Tooth marks that are 1/8 of an inch long may indicate rats; small, scratchy ones may indicate mice.  Mice may also tear up toilet paper or other things and build nests.
Do you see smears along baseboards and other areas?
Those could be rub marks caused by grease and dirt on rat fur.
Is there a heavy musky odor in the house?
Rats and mice may create a new smell to the house that isn’t Febreze fresh.

This winter just be aware of your surroundings.  There are always identifiers to any pest problem and the quicker you catch them the easier it is to take care of.

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