Do you ever feel like someone is watching you? You may explain away that strange scratching noise as the wind or shrug off your pet’s erratic behavior, but maybe you shouldn’t ignore these weird happenings. There are five common signs that these oddities could be actually rodents invading your home. 

Consider this your checklist to determine if you need to enlist the help of a pest control expert to rid your home of these critters.  

Chew Marks and Tears

Rats and mice are scavengers. They feed and nest on whatever they can get their tiny hands on. That includes anything and everything in your cabinets and drawers. Rodents typically search for easily torn materials, like paper towels and toilet paper, to bulk up their nests. They may also nibble on snacks in your pantry. Search for holes or tear 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 be a sign that a rodent is using the stuff in your home for their home. 

Droppings

This is one of the most obvious signs of rodents. If you notice small, black “grains of rice” in your cabinets or along the floors, this could be fecal matter dropped by mice or rats. You can determine the culprit by the size of the droppings. Mice scat will be smaller than a grain of rice, whereas rat droppings are larger than grains of rice. (Rat droppings can vary by type.) 

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. 

Scratching in the Walls

This might be a play straight from a horror movie, but it’s a useful 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. 

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. Other pets, like cats, may try to hunt or catch the rodent. This could be a great weapon in warding off rodents from running rampant through your home, but 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. 

Increasingly Bad Smell

Rodents are gross. In fact, 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. It’s important to call a pest control expert as soon as you notice this distinct, strange smell. 

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. 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!