A lot of pests can hibernate during the winter, but some can decide that your home is the best place to escape from the cold temperatures. One of the pests that we see the most during the winter is rodents, which means there could be rodents in your home right now!
The National Pest Management Association found that 29% of all people surveyed have had a mouse or a rat problem in their home, and 45% said it occurred during the fall and winters months.
How do you know if you have rodents in your home? There are a few things that you can look for to find out!
It’s gross, but finding rat or mice droppings around your home is one of the most common ways to notice that you have a rodent infestation. You will most likely find them in places around food, such as in pantries or kitchen cabinets, but you can also find them under sinks, around chewed cardboard boxes, or along baseboards. Rodent feces can transmit serious diseases, including ones on the graphic above, so removing them as soon as possible is important to keeping your family safe and healthy.
2. Gnaw Marks
Rodents can chew through a lot of different material, like cardboard, plastic, wires, and lead pipes. If you’re keeping an eye out for gnaw marks around the house, you might be able to detect a rodent infestation early.
In dark, secluded, and quiet areas, you might find nests of paper, cotton, wall insulation, and other materials that rodents can get their hands on. When those types of materials start showing up scattered around your home, you might have rodents.
4. Strange Noises
Scratching in the walls or ceiling can be a bit concerning, and if it sounds like multiple animals you might be hearing a family or rodents running around your home. Walls and attics are especially nice for rodents since they provide quiet and dark places to build their nests. Take the time to look around your attic and walls on both the inside and outside of your home – there may be a holes that could allow rodents to get inside!
5. A Real Rodent
And, of course, if you see a mouse or a rat in your home, it’s likely that you have a bigger infestation on your hands. If one is bold enough to come out into the open, there is probably a family hiding in your attic and other places in your home.
If you see any of these signs, don’t hesitate! Since rodents can multiply fast and can spread diseases, it’s important to treat for them promptly. In the event of an infestation, the best thing to do is to contact a license professional to provide treatment. You can give Perseverance Pest Control a call today at (317) 288-3315 to have your home treated for rodents and other winter pests!