A rodent infestation can quickly go from just one mouse to a full-on problem. Here in Phoenix, we have to deal with several types of rodent infestations, ranging from roof rats to mice. However, how do you know if you have a problem? In this blog, we’ll run through the 5 signs you need rodent control in Phoenix this winter.
If you think you might have mice or rats, the best place to start is by calling our team for a free rodent inspection. This will allow us to determine if you do have rodents, and—if so—what the best path for treatment might be.
Here are the 5 signs you need rodent control
You need to keep an eye out for rodent droppings in the following areas:
- Kitchen cabinets
Rodents usually hang out where food is easily available. The types of feces you find may tell you what rodent you’re dealing with and the severity of the infestation. Rat droppings are at least half-an-inch long, while mouse droppings are less than a quarter-inch long. Old droppings are crumbly and hard, and new droppings are shiny and soft.
Approach rodent droppings with extreme caution! Rodents can be a vector for dangerous diseases, so it’s best to be careful cleaning them up. Make sure you call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services for a rodent inspection if you see rat or mice droppings.
2. Gnaw marks
Mice and rats chew a lot in order to keep their teeth sharp. Check any wood, pipes, and wires for bite marks. While you’re checking for signs of gnawing, keep a look out for any loose wood chips or sawdust that may indicate a rodent is chowing down on your home.
3. Alert or excited pets
If you have dogs or cats, you can count on them to alert you of any intruders. Your pets will likely start to act differently if they see, hear, or smell rodents in your home. You may notice your dog or cat appearing more alert than usual. Dogs may bark near the area where rodents may hide, while cats may paw at the area.
Rodents generally have weak bladders. They will urinate anywhere. Use a black light to search for urine trails or pools. Mice and rats also have a distinct urine order that smells musky.
Most rodents like to create nests. They may collect string, shredded paper, furniture stuffing, or pieces of fabric to create a soft and warm environment to rest. You may find these cozy nests in cabinets, boxes, or simply around the floor. Be sure to check dark, relatively secluded places, such as your garage, storage closets, or attic.
Call us for a free rodent inspection in your home
In addition to being just gross, rodent infestations can be extremely harmful to your health and cause costly damage to your home. In order to prevent the situation from getting out-of-hand, it’s important to take action right away with the help of Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services.
For the most effective rodent control in Phoenix, contact our team.