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Maybe you’ve heard noises that sound like scurrying in your walls, or maybe your pets are acting strangely. Whatever the reason, you’re suspicious that you may be dealing with a rodent problem. Here are some of the signs of rodents in your home, and what you should do if any of these signs are true for you. 


Rodent droppings are black, oval-shaped pellets. If they are new, they are usually dark, but if they are older they may be ashy and gray. You will most likely see droppings in areas where the mice or rats are most active, such as feeding and nesting sites.

Scurrying Noises

Most rodents are nocturnal, so you may not hear them moving around much during the day. But if you hear scurrying or scratching noises as you’re getting ready for bed or early in the morning, this may be a sign of mice or rats. Both of these creatures can squeeze themselves into tiny spaces in your walls and walk around in undisturbed places, such as your attic.

Gnaw Marks

Rodent’s teeth continuously grow, so both rats and mice have to constantly gnaw on hard surfaces to keep their teeth filed down. Signs of a rodent problem can include small teeth marks on wooden furniture, cardboard, and pipes. 

Foul Smells

Rodent urine has a very distinct, strong ammonia scent. If you notice this smell in your home, especially in enclosed areas such as cabinets, drawers, or your attic, this could be a sign of mice or rats lurking. Another smell you notice is that of a dead rodent. This smell can be very strong, causing headaches and nausea. If you have a strong odor in your home that is causing you to feel nauseous and you believe it may be a dead animal, a pest control expert can remove it and any other rodents that may be around.

An Actual Rodent

If you find a rodent, dead or alive, you can be sure that you have a rodent problem. The more you spot, the worse the problem you probably have. If you see a rodent in your home, it is important to call a trusted pest control expert to remove them from your home before they further multiply. 

Trust an Expert

If you have any of the above signs of a rodent problem, it is important to have a pest control specialist come to investigate the issue ASAP. Rodents can quickly multiply, causing the issue to become much worse in a short time span. Pest Solutions Termite & Pest Control is a full-service pest control company serving home and business owners in South Gate. Contact us right away for a free estimate if you suspect you have rodents in your home.

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