Telltale Signs of a Mice or Rat Infestation

 

Mice and rats are active throughout the year and can cause a great deal of damage to your home or office if they go undetected.  Plus, they are nocturnal and much more active during the night. However, given the proper conditions, you could see them during the day. Some of these conditions could include:

 

  • dramatic changes in the weather
  • if there is ongoing construction work
  • if they live in over-populated conditions
  • when they are extremely hungry

 

The biology and habits of rodents make it difficult to eradicate and control them.  Not only are they destructive, they contaminate their surroundings and can spread a broad range of diseases including the Hantavirus, Hemorrhagic Fever, certain plagues, and more. Furthermore, these pests can contaminate more food than what they consume.  Whenever mice or rats invade your home, they are looking for food, warmth, and water.

 

There are specific telltale signs that indicate the presence of these rodents and the need to contact pest control professionals in Pittsburgh immediately for mice or rat removal. If you feel you may have a rodent problem, look for the following signs or contact a reliable pest control service to come inspect your home:

 

  • droppings
  • gnawed holes in walls
  • gnawing or rubbing marks
  • nesting materials
  • smell of urine
  • sounds of something scampering
  • unusual pet behavior

 

As the infestation gets worse, the number of warning signs increases. The following is a breakdown of a small, moderated, and substantial infestation:

 

  • Signs of a SMALL infestation – typically, the only warning signs that you’ll see when there is a small infestation are 2” to 4” wide burrowing entrances. However, that should give you enough reason to contact professionals for rodent control service.

 

  • Signs of a MODERATE infestation – as rodent populations grow, so do the number of warning signs. In the case of a moderate infestation, you’ll see droppings and areas where they have gnawed on wood in different locations around the house.  Also, you should be listening for unusual sounds coming from your attic or walls.  These sounds indicate movement.

 

  • Signs of a SUBSTANTIAL infestation – if you’re dealing with a large population of mice or rats, their droppings and gnaw marks will increase in number. You’ll also hear them scurrying about in your ceiling or walls. Despite being nocturnal, they will start coming out during the day if their population has led to overcrowded conditions.

 

Regardless of population size, you don’t want these rodents lingering within your home as they not only cause a great deal of damage, but they are also a health risk to you and your family.

 

Reasons To Call Professional Pest Control

 

As we see it, there are 4 important reasons to contact pest control service for rodents:

 

  • Mice and rats are disease carriers
  • Mice and rats are extremely unsanitary and pose a serious health risk to you and your family
  • Mice and rats can cause extensive damage to your home or office
  • Mice and rats reproduce quickly which will inevitably lead to an infestation

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