Think You Have A Roof Rat Problem?
Mice and roof rats will try to gain access to your home for several reasons. Whether escaping the frigid cold, predators, or the extreme heat, once you have them inside your house it is important to identify this issue before it is too late. Besides causing damage to the home, they can spread germs and disease. Here are 5 signs you have a mouse or roof rat problem in your home and need rodent control.
Pay close attention especially in attics for holes in the insulation. This is where the rodents will sleep and give birth. If you notice any piles of debris with droppings in and around it, it is more than likely a sign the rodents are nearby.
When rodents have entered the home, they will be on the search for easy food sources. Check bird seed packages, dog food bags, and boxes in the pantry, for any teeth marks or trails of food particles. In most cases they will nest close to the food source, so you may find the nesting material in the area.
Sounds Of Roof Rat Activity
Depending where the rodents are, you will hear unique sounds when they are on the move. In the attic you might hear the pitter-patter of their little feet running along the ceiling joints at night when it is quite. Chewing sounds are how the mice and rats keep their teeth from growing too long. They will often chew on the wooden beams in walls and the attic, which can easily be heard at nighttime.
Urine And Fecal Matter
Roof rats have zero control of their bowels, so they urinate and leave feces everywhere. The urine has a pungent odor that is unmistakable, the feces is dark in color and shaped like small pellets.
Rodent Traffic Patterns
Mice and rats have a very specific ways to navigate around your home. In the attic they travel through tunnels made in the insulation for their safety. In the garage and basement, they will hug the walls to stay out of sight.
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