A Rodent Problem You Didn’t Know You Had

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A rodent problem is nothing short of a nightmare, whether in your home or your business. Rodents can bring in health risks and cause structural damage to your property. They breed incredibly fast, and their nests can be in difficult-to-reach areas. Once established, nests become challenging to remove. Learn how to identify a rodent problem you didn’t know you had and when to call in a professional to get rid of them.

How to Identify a Rodent Problem

Of course, seeing a rat or mouse in your building is a surefire sign you have a problem. But what other indicators should you look for?

  • Musky odor
  • Smell of ammonia
  • Small piles of lint, paper, and fabric
  • Scratch and chew marks on wood
  • Holes in food packaging
  • Pets scratching at walls or acting strangely
  • Piles of small, dark brown, tear-shaped pellets
  • Holes in the walls
  • Problems with allergies
  • Tracks in dusty areas
  • Grease marks on walls and surfaces
  • Scraping and scratching noises inside walls and ceilings

If you notice any of the above, don’t let the problem get out of hand before taking action. These signs could signify you have a rodent infestation in your home or business.

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Preventing Rodent Problems

Preventing rodent problems is primarily a factor in keeping your space as clean and sealed as possible. If you have food, keep it tightly sealed in containers that rodents can’t easily chew open. Plastic is a good option. Keep food away from walls and at least six inches high from the floor. If you already have a rodent problem in the kitchen area, read here for guidance.

Keep your floors swept and mopped regularly — clean dust in corners and countertops. Change your garbage often. Sanitize surfaces when you can. 

Outside, be sure to seal up any potential cracks or holes. Mice and rats can fit through holes as small as a coin, so keep everything tightly closed to prevent infestation. If small entry points are left unsealed, rodents can shack up in the ceiling for a bad case of roof rats. Use weather stripping around windows and seal cracks under doors. Keep dumpsters and garbage cans tightly packed and, when possible, away from the building.

Remove any debris like yard debris, leaf piles, mulch, old furniture, or piles of wood from the side of your building. Keep shrubs and grass neatly trimmed and cut back. If you have compost piles, turn them when adding new food particles. Avoid bird feeders; these can also become rodent feeders.

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When to Get a Professional Involved

Get a professional involved if you have a rodent infestation or see signs of a nest. Experienced exterminators know how to locate nests and eliminate them for good. Getting rid of a rodent problem takes persistence and professional care. Reach out to Integrity Termite & Pest Services Inc. or give us a call at (817) 734-6573 today!

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