Rodents may be small, but they pose a number of threats to human health and property. They very much favor heading indoors to escape the cold this time of year, so it’s important for to be on the lookout for signs of these gross vermin in and around your home.
Aside from being a nuisance, rodents are vectors of a vast array of diseases, such as murine typhus, infectious jaundice, Salmonella, rat-bite fever and the potentially fatal Hantavirus. They can also chew through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for house fires.
Here are a few clues that rodents may be present in a home:
1. Droppings: A trail of rodent droppings is typically found in kitchen cabinets and pantries, along walls, on top of wall studs or beams, and in boxes, bags and old furniture.
2. Noises: Rodents often make scurrying sounds, especially at night, as they move about and nest.
3. Gnaw marks: New gnaw marks tend to be rough to the touch and are light colored.
4. Burrows: Inside, rodents often nest in various materials such as insulation, and they are drawn to areas that are dark and secluded.
5. Damaged food packages: House mice prefer to feed on cereals and seeds, while Norway rats prefer meat, fish and dry dog food.
We encourage homeowners to complete a thorough inspection of their property before the winter weather strikes. They should look for cracks or holes in the foundation, loose mortar around the basement foundation and damaged screens. No crack or hole should be overlooked as mice only need an opening the size of a dime to find a way inside. Take a look at our main Rodent page for further information or to schedule a free vermin inspection.