Many homeowners are unaware that rodent control is a year round challenge. Unlike some pests which have natural cycles through the year, many species of rodent including rats, squirrels or mice can breed multiple litters during a year. This means that a rodent problem can quickly become out of hand, with pests multiplying quickly and causing a problem unless pest control is immediately enforced.
There are a number of indicators which show a potential rodent problem in your home. Homeowners should look for signs of infestation throughout the year. These signs can include:
» Rustling, scratching or squeaking noises in areas of the home. These noises tend to be more noticeable at night since many rodents are nocturnal, meaning they are more active at night.
» Gnawing or nibbling marks on woodwork, food or food containers in the home. It can be very difficult to actually see rodents in the home, but they are constantly on the lookout for food.
» Droppings: These are usually found in places where the rodent may find food, so check pantries, drawers and kitchen cabinets.
» Signs of urine. Rodents can leave urine trails and pools anywhere in the home. You may also notice urine pillars which are little mounds of dirt or grease and urine.
» Distinctive odor. Rodents can also emit a distinctive and musky odor which can be noticed in certain areas of the home.
» Your pets. Your pets may also be trying to warn you off a rodent problem. Cats or dogs can become especially excited in certain areas where rodents may be hiding.
» Warm place. It is also worth checking in warm cozy spaces such as behind appliances for rodent nests.
Unfortunately even a single one of these signs can be a good indicator that there is a presence of a rodent infestation. It is worth taking action on the basis of a single sign, since waiting for other indicators can allow time for the rodents to multiply and create a far worse problem. Rodents present not only an unpleasant feeling in the home, but they are extremely unhygienic and pose a danger to the health of you and your family.
Many homeowners look to treat possible infestations with Do-it-yourself treatment measures. This is not necessarily a good idea. In many cases these measures are ineffective and you may actually disturb the rodents, causing a further spread into other areas of the home.
Professional pest controllers have the experience and equipment to safely deal with a rodent problem without exposing you to health dangers from urine, bites or other hazards. A reputable professional will be able to locate the source of the infestation and provide expert guidance as to which methods of pest control would be best suited to your home and circumstances. They can also provide advice and guidance as to precautionary measures to reduce the risk of reoccurrence of infestation.
Regardless of the time of year, it is important to be aware of your own home, to notice any indicators or signs that rodents have begun to invade your home. It is far easier for rodent control measures to be effective quickly, if the infestation has had as little time as possible to become established.
If you have noticed any of the warning signs or believe your home may have a rodent infestation, contact us. We have the expertise, equipment and experience to quickly and effectively establish rodent control measures to remove the hazard from your home. We offer a discreet and efficient service and will happily address any of your concerns, queries or questions.