No one wants to hear strange sounds or smell weird things coming from the walls of their home.
And no one wants to face the fact that there could be some sort of critter behind the scenes, invading your personal space and making your home both unsafe and unsanitary.
However, the unfortunate truth is that a rodent infestation can happen to any home at any time.
When a pack of rats, mice, or squirrels moves in, you can be sure you’ve got a problem. But maybe you’re not so sure what, exactly, has moved in.
Have you ever wondered about the telltale signs that you have an infestation of rodents in your home?
Below, we’ll list four common signs of a rodent problem and let you know what to do about it.
1. Strange Sounds
Hearing weird noises coming from the roof or walls of your home?
Not only is this creepy and unsettling, but it might also be a sign of a rodent infestation.
Usually, if you have rodents living in your walls, it will sound like a scurrying or scratching sound. You might even hear squeaking noises or tapping or gnawing sounds.
You may hear it in all different parts of your house. One day, you might hear it in the ceiling of your bathroom, while another day it seems to be coming from the walls of your kitchen.
This is because, behind the walls you see, there are all sorts of passageways and spaces that rats and mice can run through. They’re likely to explore all over your home and claim the space as their own.
Think about what rodents do during their normal, day to day activities.
They’ll forage for food. They’ll gnaw on their surroundings as they work to make a nest for their young. They’ll run around chasing insects to eat or looking for a nice spot to settle.
All of that will make some noise, especially if there are a lot of them. If it sounds like a rodent infestation to you, it probably is.
Another sure sign that you have a rodent problem in your home is the droppings they’ll leave behind.
And, if you think about it, this is even worse than it seems: if you find the droppings in your normal living areas without even trying to look around for them, that means the rodents are coming out into your living space and leaving their feces behind.
No one wants to deal with the gross facts of a rodent problem in their home, but avoiding it won’t do you any good. If you find droppings, that’s a sure sign that there’s some sort of critter leaving them behind.
And it’s a sure sign that critter is not only invading the space behind your walls that you can’t see, but invading the spaces you use every day, too.
Don’t wait and just hope the rodent problem will go away by itself. That’s almost never the case. Instead, a rodent problem usually only gets worse and worse over time if you leave them unchecked.
Seeing droppings can help you figure out not only that there is a problem, but what kind of problem it is. For example, insect droppings (like from cockroaches) look very different from rodent droppings.
Showing them to a qualified pest control expert can help you figure out the difference between the two and find out exactly what is invading the walls of your home.
3. Odd Smells
If your sniffer tells you something’s off, it’s a good idea to pay attention. Smelling something odd or unpleasant is a cause for both concern and investigation.
Rodents who have infested your home will leave behind all kinds of weird smells.
From urine to the rotting food they drag into their decaying bodies once they finally pass away, rodents can lead to all sorts of stomach-turning smells.
Rodents are often the cause of unusual odors that are similar to a blocked drain.
They emit a very powerful smell, so if there’s a very strong and noticeable smell, chances are you might have a large and well-established infestation in your home.
Smelling something odd doesn’t prove that you have a rodent infestation, but it sure suggests that you need to do some checking around your home.
You definitely don’t want the problem to go on longer than it has to, and you’re not going to want to leave gross smells unattended in the place where you return home to sleep, eat, and relax.
4. Holes and Property Damage
It may seem like rats, mice, and squirrels couldn’t do much harm due to their small size. They’re furry and cute little creatures! What harm could they really do?
Unfortunately, that’s a common misconception.
Mysterious holes appearing in your carpet, clothes, and furnishings are sure signs that you’re dealing with a rodent infestation.
These little vermin will chew holes in anything they can get their claws and teeth on.
This is because their teeth are continuously growing. They need to always be filing them down by gnawing or chewing on something in order to keep the growth rate in check.
By the time they finish with an item in your home, they may have caused considerable damage to fabrics, woods, and anything else soft enough for them to munch on.
Need Help With a Rodent Infestation?
If you suspect that your home may be the unfortunate site of a rodent infestation, call us immediately.
The best way to fix and address this issue is to call a professional pest control company to come help you out.
The four signs above are common, telltale signs that mice, rats, and squirrels have moved in and claimed your home as their own.
You don’t have to worry, but you are going to want to tackle the problem as soon as possible.
If you call a professional in to handle the job, you can rest assured that your home will be rodent free in no time at all.
Contact us today for help ridding your home of a rodent infestation once and for all. We are experienced professionals and know how to restore your home to the clean, safe place you expect it to be.