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Clues You Have Rats

Have you been hearing noises at night? Do you ever have the eerie feeling someone or thing is watching you? You may have noticed that your pet has had unexplained erratic behavior recently. Have you noticed that unexplainable lousy smell? Trust your instinct and understand living in Florida means there is a “Rat” season. There are five common signs that these oddities could actually be rodents invading your home.

Rats are not only freeloaders, but they make messes and can cause unexpected expensive repair bills. First, you’ll learn about different rat species and also rat behavior. Finally, we’ll address what actions you can do to prevent a rat from becoming an unwanted houseguest.

Rat Destruction

Rats and mice are well-known as scavengers. This is because they are color-blind and rely on utilizing their sense of smell, taste, touch, and hearing. Using these senses helps them easily identify travel routes and locate food sources. Rodents feed and nest on whatever they can get their tiny hands on. Rats love to eat anything and everything you have in your cabinets and drawers. This is also is not limited to insulation, electrical wiring, and soft furnishings in your home, which can be very costly to repair.

When rats find their food source, they will return time and time again. When rats build their nests, the rodent will typically search for easily torn materials, like paper towels and toilet paper. They may also nibble on snacks in your pantry and leave a messy trail behind them. Finally, they find shelter when the seasons begin to change and the temperature slightly drops.

Rodent Droppings

This is one of the most apparent signs of rodents. If you notice small, black “grains of rice” in your cabinets or along with the floors, this could be fecal matter dropped by mice or rats. You can determine the culprit by the size of the droppings. Mice will be smaller than a grain of rice, whereas rat droppings are more prominent than rice grains. (Rat droppings can vary by rat species.) If you have rats present, you will notice dark grease marks along baseboards or furniture where they frequently travel. This is because rats are filthy, and their oils get left behind while foraging or traveling to their frequently visited locations.

Rodent Sounds in the Walls

This might be a play straight from a horror movie, but it’s a helpful identifier for rodent infestations. Scurrying and scratching noises that are different from general household creaks often point to rodents. Because of their small, moldable bodies, rodents can crawl through the open gaps in your home, and they are usually not very quiet about it. That’s one of the reasons why infestations are difficult to deal with on your own. They typically set up their cozy home in your attic as it has the ideal conditions for them to start a family.

Pet Behavior Changes

Our pets are much more observant than we give them credit for. Your pet may hear mice running through the walls or catch sight of a rat scurrying across your home. Many dogs will be able to smell the rat and immediately be aware of their presence. Other pets, like cats, may try to hunt or catch the rodent. This could be a significant weapon in warding off rodents from running rampant through your home. Still, your cat won’t be able to protect your home from an infestation. If your pet starts acting strange, like staring at the wall or fixating on gaps in your home, this could be a sign that a rodent has taken up residency in your house. Call a pest control expert immediately to avoid costly infestations.

Rodents Smell Bad

Rodents are gross. Rats have been blamed for causing and spreading the Black Plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th Century. That’s not the kind of reputation you want in your home. Rodents carry diseases and dirt, and those compounds often create a musty stench. When an infestation starts to grow in your home, that smell wafts and lingers in your house. Not to mention, your family is at risk for contracting illnesses from rodents. Therefore, it’s essential to call a pest control expert as soon as you notice this distinct, strange smell.

Avoid serious health risks by following the steps below and avoiding rat carried diseases.

  1. Search for holes or pull marks on the bottom corners of these materials and packaging, and check your curtains, towels, and other cloth materials for signs of scavenging. Any tears, bite marks, or scratches could signify that a rodent is using the stuff in your home for their home.
  2. Clean up any droppings immediately. Wear gloves and a mask when doing so to prevent yourself from coming into contact with dangerous diseases that are often transmitted through rodent fecal matter. Once you find droppings, call an exterminator immediately to avoid further damage or health risk.
  3. Ensure that you do not have any tiny spaces for a rat to enter your home. Examine any openings to ensure they are sealing correctly and check worn building material that a rat can easily chew through. For example, watch for rats to enter your garage when opening the door.
  4. The best solution to eliminate a rodent problem is to call your local exterminator. They take the necessary steps to ensure the rat is destroyed and they do not reinfest.
  5. If you can check off at least one of the items on this list, you need to rely on pest control experts to protect your home.

Consider this your checklist to determine if you have a rodent problem in your home. Avoid deadly diseases and get your sanity back by relying on Infinite Pest Solutions for carefully designed extermination services. Call us today for more details!

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