Signs of rodents infestation
If the answer to any of the following questions is yes, you may have a rat problem.
- Do you find rat droppings around dog or cat dishes or pet food storage containers?
- Do you hear noises coming from the attic just after dusk?
- Have you found remnants of rat nests when dismantling your firewood stack?
- Does your dog or cat bring home dead rat carcasses?
- Is there evidence rodents are feeding on fruit/nuts that are in or falling from the trees in your yard?
- Do you see burrows among plants or damaged vegetables when working in the garden?
- Do you see rats traveling along utility lines or on the tops of fences at dusk or soon after?
- Have you found rat nests behind boxes or in drawers in the garage?
- Are there smudge marks caused by the rats rubbing their fur against beams, rafters, pipes, and walls?
- Do you see burrows beneath your compost pile or beneath the garbage can?
- Are there rat or mouse droppings in yours’s recycle bins?
- Have you ever had to remove a drowned rat from your swimming pool or hot tub?
- Do you see evidence of something digging under your garden tool shed or doghouse?
Call Shield Pest Control if you see any above sign.
How rats and mice get in to your house
Rats and mice in your home. To gain access into your home, mice can fit through holes the size of a dime, Inspect the perimeters of your rooms and exterior walls (if you have access to them), particularly around where pipes enter, and fill any holes or cracks you find with silicone caulking or steel wool, which is one of the few materials that’s impervious to their sharp little teeth. In the fall, mice and rats seeking warmth and food are attracted to barns and other farm buildings, warehouses, landfills, houses, etc. These rodents will then be active in those locations all winter long, since they do not hibernate.