If you think that you have rodents running wild around your home but you haven't actually seen a rodent, you want to call the pest control professionals before you end up ill or injured. Rodents can cause a variety of health complications if they leave waste in the home, bite or scratch, and you don't want your home to be damaged.
There are some different signs you can look for to see if you have rodents in the home, and not all of them are obvious. Here are a few things to look for.
Droppings in Food Areas
Do you feel like there is always a lot of dirt or debris in the kitchen, or in the garage near pet food that you're sweeping up? Pay close attention, this may actually be rodent droppings instead of dirt or debris brought in from the outside. The droppings are hazardous to handle and contain Hantavirus, so important to clean everything up, and to sanitize so everyone isn't exposed to the droppings.
Rodents have to chew daily so their teeth don't grow oversized, and if they are in your interior walls they may be chewing on your electrical wiring. It's suspected by home inspection experts and fire professionals that rodents are responsible for fires in the home every year, especially in the winter when they enter the home for warmth and shelter. If you notice a sudden light not working or a switch or outlet sparking, or you find damaged wires, it's time for the pest control experts.
Do you have boxes throughout the attic or in other areas of the house that have chewed holes throughout, or can you see where rodents have been damaging items that are in storage? The chew marks are the evidence you need to know that you have a problem.
Rodents can quickly multiply in your home so you have to get rid of them right away, and unfortunately this is not a DIY project. Setting traps around your property is rarely enough to get rid of the problem. The rodents are going to need professional treatment, and the experts will treat the house and then look for the remains to remove the dead rats from your home. After you've managed the infestation, repair the home to prevent the rodents from having a place to get inside, and have the ventilation system professionally cleaned by an HVAC team. Contact a business, such as Choice Pest Control, for more information.