All rodents can spread disease and harm your home. From nesting to feeding, their gnawing of wood and eating habits can compromise the structural integrity of a building, and can cost you and your family a fortune. However, a rodent infestation doesn’t need to be an issue if it are spotted and handled with a sense of urgency.
Signs of Infestation
Because we know that rodents always prefer to remain hidden when given space, spotting one in the open indicates a greater infestation. Rodents will compete for mating ground, pushing each other into the open when crawl space becomes limited. If you’re not certain whether your home has an infestation, here are some more subtle signs of their presence:
- Droppings – Rodent droppings indicate a healthy rat population that is feeding. Expect it to be brown and shaped like a grain of rice.
- Grease marks – Look out for strange markings left by dirt on their bodies around your homes. These will likely appear on the walls and base boards.
- Holes – Rodents, especially rats, will dig holes when looking for food and new areas to call home.
- Nests – Rodents of all types will find any soft material they can to shred in order to create compact nests for themselves and potential offspring.
The Importance of a Professional
Remember that rodents tend to stick to the same areas upon settling in. Once their nests are found, steps can then be taken to eliminate the infestation. However if you discover evidence of a problem, it is advisable to contact a critter removal specialist. While setting traps and poison around their nesting grounds can help, this will only eliminate some of the rats and rarely does what is necessary to elimiante the greater infestation.
Furthermore, many rats have developed the ability to navigate around foreign objects in their paths, and so many store bought methods are no longer effective. Contact the rodent control experts at Critter Control® of Miami at 305-258-3587 to schedule your free home inspection.