No matter how hard you try to protect your home from rodents, they may invade anyway. Rodents like mice are small and can squeeze themselves through tiny spaces in your home. In many cases, rodent infestations are more likely to begin during the cold season. This is because when the weather outside becomes unbearable, the pests look for warmth inside your home. As such, property owners need to be aware of the signs of rodent infestation. Here are some signs that these pests have invaded your residence.
One of the ways that rodents use to mark their territory is by urinating. This helps them mark their paths so that they can return easily. Another reason for the foul odor may be droppings, which you may also notice around your home. Specifically, rat droppings are black when fresh and gray when dry. You are more likely to see these near the areas where you store food. Keep in mind that the waste can carry diseases, so you need to wear gloves while cleaning the affected areas.
Unlike those of most animals, rodents' teeth are continually growing. Therefore, rodents are always chewing on things in order to keep their teeth strong and short. As such, you may notice teeth marks in different areas on your property. These include walls, furniture, cables, packaged food, etc. As soon as you notice any sign of gnawing, contact an exterminator. Getting rid of these pests as soon as you suspect their presence is wise so that they don't multiply further.
If you've been hearing squeaking sounds, especially at night, you may have wondered where the noises have been coming from. You will typically hear these noises when rodents are looking for food at night. So, do not disregard these squeaks or any accompanying scampering sounds. They are a sign that rodents have invaded your home and require elimination.
As rodents squeeze into small spaces, they may leave greasy marks during their struggle to fit into holes and crevices. These are caused by their fur and dirt. You should inspect areas such as cupboards and wall corners for this indicator. For a more comprehensive inspection and subsequent pest removal, it is prudent to call an exterminator promptly.
Property owners can experience damage to their property because of overlooking rodent signs. While you may not have previously known what to look for, the signs discussed above should help you detect rodents more effectively. For more information, contact a company like DFW BUG.