Even when you live in Florida, winters can get a bit chilly. When temperatures start to drop, pests tend to find refuge in our nice, toasty homes. But while one mouse may not seem like a big issue, it could easily become one. After all, a female mouse may have five to 10 litters (consisting of five to six offspring) in a single year. That means your house could very quickly become infested with rodents.
Since rodents carry dangerous bacteria and can damage your home, it’s important to develop a rodent control plan with a pest control service if you do suspect an infestation. The signs of a rodent problem can be tricky to spot, so here are some signs to watch out for. If you observe these signs, contact an exterminator right away to find out more about the pest control process.
- Strange Sounds
Mice and other rodents have very sharp teeth, which they use to find food. When rodents chew on surfaces, these sounds can often be heard through your walls and will sound like scratching. They also use their claws to get inside, search for sustenance, and create nests for their young. Occasionally, you may hear squeaking noises. While strange sounds may not always be indicative of a mice infestation, it’s better to be on the safe side. Call a pest control expert to determine the source of these sounds.
This applies mainly to rats rather than mice, but it’s still important to know. Rats’ coats are fairly greasy, and they like to keep in physical contact with the “runways” (or paths) they create to find food in your home. Because of this, they very often leave a greasy trail behind, which is pretty easy to spot. If you find mysterious greasy marks in your home, rats may be to blame.
- Chewed Packaging
If you see small marks on your cereal boxes or plastic bags of food, you may have mice. Be sure to seal up all packages and bags, and use a garbage can with a tight-fitting lid. If you see chew marks on your food, throw these away to be safe and call our exterminators to find out more about our rodent control methods.
This is probably the most obvious sign of rodents. Droppings can often be found in your cabinets, drawers, pantries, and anywhere that’s both secluded and near a food source. Since this is one sign that cannot easily be attributed to another source, so if the droppings are fresh and you find a considerable amount, you’ll want to take action and find out more about our pest control process.
If you find bits of fabric, shredded paper, or pieces of plants lying around, this might be nesting material that rodents have left behind. This is definitely cause for concern, as this will likely mean the few mice you already have will quickly multiply. Should you see nesting material in your home, you should call us straight away.
If you suspect you have a rodent or bug issue in your home, don’t wait for a little problem to become a big one. Our pest control service will keep your home and family safe. To find out more about our pest control process, get in touch with us today.