Are you wondering if you have a rodent infestation? Did you hear some scampering late at night? Did you find one of your cereal boxes with a hole through it? Perhaps you even saw one of the furry creatures and it nearly scared you to death. Whatever experience brought you here today, we want you to know that you are in the right place. We can help you know for certain if you are sharing your Plano home with rodents.
Identifying A Rodent Infestation
The most obvious sign of a rodent infestation is seeing rodents scampering around in your home. Bear in mind that this is a sign of a large infestation as rodents aren't generally bold enough to venture out in the daytime until the walls get crowded and food gets scarce. Hopefully, this is not the case for your Plano home. For smaller infestations, here are some signs you can look for.
- Grease marks running along baseboards
- Pellets of excrement inside drawers, pantries, and throughout the home.
- Shredded paper, fabric, or dried plant material. (nesting)
- Holes chewed through boxes of food and through walls
- Sounds of scampering late at night
- Strange pet behavior
How To Tell A Mouse From A Rat
To tell a mouse and a rat apart, first, look at their size. Mice are much smaller than rats. Rats, however, have much smaller and less rounded ears than mice (relative to the size of their bodies). Rats also have distinctly larger heads and feet compared to the size of their bodies, and rats have thicker, hairless tails.
The Dangers Of Rodents
Rodents are notorious for causing problems in homes. Here are just a few of the issues you might face with a rodent infestation.
- Diseases such as salmonellosis, hantavirus, and rat-bite fever can be spread through rodent urine and fecal matter
- Bacteria spread from filthy rodent bodies everywhere they go
- Holes chewed through walls and gnaw marks on furniture
- Parasitic pests such as fleas, ticks, and mites brought in with rodents
- Utility piping chewed through (could lead to water damage)
- Electrical wiring gnawed into (could start an electrical fire)
5 Prevention Measures For Rodents
- Seal up the exterior of your home. Look for gaps, cracks, and holes smaller than a nickel and use a calking gun combined with steel wool to fill them in.
- Store leftover foods inside plastic containers.
- Keep your yard clutter-free as much as possible.
- Clean regularly making sure no food or drink messes or spills are left out for rodents to find.
- Hire a professional pest control company to take your home’s rodent protection one step further.
What To Do If Rodents Are Inside
Getting rodents out of your home can be a tricky thing. If you are still in the early stages and only a couple of rodents reside within your walls, a few carefully placed traps might do the trick. If your infestation is larger and growing, on the other hand, you will need help from the professionals. Here at Bug Head Pest Control, we can help. However big your rodent infestation is, we have a solution for the job.
To schedule an appointment for your Plano home, give us a call today.