How To Determine If There is a Rodent Infestation In The House

Signs of Rodents In Your Home

Giveaway Signs of Rats and Mice include:

  • Rodent Droppings
  • Urine Odor
  • Holes that have been chewed through
  • Skuff marks, Gnaw marks
  • Rodent runway path
  • Rodent Nests
  • Scampering sounds
  • Unusual behavior from pets

Rodents are considered to be one of the most dangerous pests for homeowners. There are many reasons for this but the most crucial reason is the huge impact rodents have had throughout history on the health and well being of mankind. They are a health hazard (remember the bubonic plague?) These unwanted house guests carry life-threatening illnesses, diseases, bacteria, damage property, contaminate food and the list continues. The bottom line is, nobody wants rodents invading their home, so how can you tell if you already have a few living with you? Rodents are sneaky animals, there are specific signs to look for to determine if you might have rodents in your home.

Rodents usually enter your home when the weather gets too hot or cold, seeking shelter from extreme weather conditions and access to food and water from your kitchen.  There are a few solid signs that you might have a rodent infestation and might not even be aware of it, the following signs could be a reason that you should call Rodents Stop and take action against unwelcome rodents in your home:

  • If you see one rodent, there’s a good chance that it’s not alone, check the rest of the house and call Rodents Stop.
  • Sometimes rodents can be so quick that homeowners will report catching a glimpse of something they saw running along the floorboard but weren’t sure what it was.  It is very likely that its a rat or mouse!  
  • If you find rodent droppings call Rodents Stop immediately so that they can handle the situation in a professional manner.

According to the National Pest Management Association, mice leave 50 to 100 droppings a day, while a rat leaves 30 to 60 droppings.  Mouse droppings can be described as small, pellet-shaped, dark brown, with pointed ends.  Mice droppings are about a quarter-inch in length.  You can tell if the droppings are fresh by the color.  Newer droppings will be dark and old droppings will look dry and lighter color.  Rat droppings look similar but larger.

  • If you hear unusual scratching sounds coming from the walls and floorboards, especially at night, you might think the house is haunted but it’s actually rodents running around.  Sounds can be described as squeaking, scratching, and gnawing.  
  • If you find packaged foods in the pantry have been gnawed open, it is contaminated and should be thrown away immediately.  Your pantry is a real treat for a family of rats or mice, it’s an all they can eat buffet if they find themselves in your pantry. 
  • If you find damages in unlikely areas of your home.  Mice will sometimes chew through doorframes, windows, walls, and cabinets to get what they want.  Look out for very small tooth bite marks and small wood chips on the floor, this indicates that rodents have gained access. 
  • Electrical problems in a house may be caused by a rodent infestation.  This is a dangerous situation that can cause a spontaneous fire and should be taken care of by calling Rodents Stop immediately.
  • Certain areas of your home could have an unusual musky smell. If you have smelled a room that has had a rodent problem, you won’t miss it the next time you smell it.