Rats, mice, and other rodents can present a major problem for homeowners. These pests often enter houses looking for food, water, and shelter; they often overrun the premises. If this occurs, they become a threat to the health and wellbeing of residents. But how can you tell if you have a true rodent problem? Read on for more information on this common pest issue.


It can be difficult to determine whether or not rodents have invaded your home without consulting a professional pest control company. There are several telltale signs that trained rodent control professionals can identify that point to a rodent infestation. Read on to learn more.



The main sign of a possible rodent infestation is rodent sightings. Because rodents mate and reproduce so often, they are seen consistently in or around a house or business when there is an infestation. Smears from whiskers, footprints, and urine stains are other visible signs that rodents are present. Another observable sign that could indicate an infestation is droppings. Relatedly, some signs are audible: noises such as squeaking or squealing and scratching sounds suggest the presence of rodents.




According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, “The signs of a rat or mouse infestation include droppings, tracks in the moist earth or dusty places, and burrows in the ground, in haystacks and in baled hay. There will be signs of gnawing, greasy smears wherever their bodies have touched walls or rafters, and runways in the grass or through trash.” The Extension Service also notes that an infestation also yields a specific odor. 




Foul smells are another sign of rodent activity and possible infestation. The musty, ammonia-like odor of rodent urine and droppings is detectable in a home that has an infestation. Rodents will pee or poop anywhere and often, so this odor often sets in suddenly and at random.  And if any rodents have died in or around your home, a strong smell of decay follows as they decompose; it will linger until the rodent carcasses are removed and the area where they were discovered is cleaned properly and disinfected safely by a professional rodent control expert.



Rodents will chew on almost any surface or material because their teeth are constantly growing; the chewing and gnawing is how they keep their teeth filed. Food items left uncovered will leave crumbs and show bite marks on wrappers/cartons. Further, you likely will find bite marks on other things in and around your home–everything from paper and packaging and fabrics to wires and drywall and insulation to wood and brick and plastic.

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