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The last thing any homeowner wants is to discover that they have rats or mice living in their house. These unwelcome pests can damage property and can carry disease so it is important that you address the issue as soon as possible. Rodents reproduce quickly, so early detection will help to avoid a more costly problem later on. Here are five warning signs to look out for:

Droppings

Rodent droppings are most often found close to food sources and breeding areas. They’re commonly seen in cupboards and drawers, under sinks, or near packages of food. The location of the droppings is a good indicator of where traps should be set.

Gnaw Marks

If you have rodents in your home, you may find gnaw marks or holes chewed through walls, as they commonly travel along interior walls, ledges, or pipes. You might also notice holes chewed in food packaging; that bag of chips seems less appetizing now, huh?

Scratching or Scuffling Sounds

Rats and mice often nest in the walls or ceilings. If you have rodents in your home, you may hear scuffling, scratching, or gnawing sounds coming from behind your walls and ceilings. Bonus fact: Rodents are nocturnal and are therefore most active during the night!

Nests

Rodents build their nests in warm, hidden areas. They will use shredded materials such as cardboard, newspaper, or fabric to build their nests. The nests are often close to a source of food. Look for nests in sheltered locations like attics and storage areas, or behind appliances in your kitchen.

Unusual Pet Behavior

Dogs and cats tend to act out of the ordinary when they detect rodents in your house. They might begin pawing around under appliances, in tiny crevasses, or under furniture. If you find you’re your pet has started to paw at an area where they had previously been disinterested in, they may be signaling that there is a reason (which is most likely a rodent!).

If you’ve noticed signs of rodents in your home, contact us to find out how we can help.

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