Rodent Infestation Symptoms
The moment you discover that you are sharing your home with a rodent brings an unsettling feeling in the pit of your stomach. Whether you are less than fond or just precautious of transmitted diseases, rodents leave much to be desired. The first surefire sign of rodents is droppings. Droppings or feces pellets are typically left behind in the kitchen area. Check your pantries, drawers, cabinets, counters, and behind appliances for rodent droppings. In fact, check any place in your home that could provide a potential hiding place, food or water source. For instance, mice droppings can also be found along beams, wall studs, in boxes, furniture, as well as other packing materials. Mice and rats are prolific poopers; thus, you will know if you have an infestation. Another unsightly sign of a rodent infestation is urine pools and trails. Mice and rats are known to have weak bladders and leave urine trails as they travel. Most rodent’s urine and feces have an unforgettable musky smell. Additionally, mice leave behind urinating pillars which are made of grease, dirt, and urine.
Rodents are some squeaky animals that scamper around your home as they move about from their nest throughout your home. You will typically hear them in action when you are settling down for bed as they are just getting started. Another tell tale alarm is your pet’s excitement or over excitement. If your pets are pawing around a possible rodent hiding area, then you can bet that you have an uninvited visitor. As they scamper about, rodents are likely to leave their mark via droppings, gnaw marks, holes in packaging, or grease and urine trails. Many times you will see grease marks either from the rodent walking through grease or left by the oil in the rodent’s coat. Larger, greasy smears are a good sign that you are dealing with a rat infestation. Rodents also leave tracks via their feet and tail. The larger rodents drag their tails, leaving a tail mark in between their tracks. Other signs of a rodent infestation are nibble marks or gnaw marks accompanied by droppings or urine trails nearby. Gnawing is a characteristic of all rodents; they prefer to chew wood but will chew anything that will help keep their incisors in check. In fact, many electrical fires occur as a result of rodents gnawing through electrical wire.