5 signs you need rodent control in Phoenix this winter

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

1. Droppings

You need to keep an eye out for rodent droppings in the following areas:

  • Pantry
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Drawers
  • Cupboards

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.

4. Urine

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.

5. Nests

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.

Here’s why we hire the best pest technicians in the Valley (and Casa Grande!)

When you call us to service your home, you want to know that our pest technicians will take care of you, your home, and your family. At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, you know we will value you as a customer because of how we value everyone we employ.

Pictured: Our pest technicians are amongst the best in the Valley.In this blog, we’ll review some of the ways that we treat our employees, and why you should call our pest technicians for your pest control needs.

Why do people love working for us?

At the end of the day, our business is not about a number and a dollar sign. It is about people building lives for their families. Each of our pest technicians is working to create a meaningful life in and around their career.

People love working for Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services for many reasons:

  • We prepare our employees for success. With extensive training and support, they are equipped to grow professionally and personally.
  • We offer jobs in Casa Grande, Mesa, and Phoenix.
  • Our compensation is fair and competitive.
  • After 20 years in business, anyone can build a lifelong career with us.

Our technicians take pride in the work they do and the company they work for.

Why should employee satisfaction matter to customers?

Simply put, a company has a personality and habits in the same way people do. When a business treats their employees unfairly, they will not have their clients’ best interests in mind, either. We invest in the success of our staff through training, stability, and support.

This is also an investment in our customers, because happy workers who are well-trained and taken care of will go above-and-beyond for our clients. Our business is like a family. The strong bond between us and our pest control techs, makes us want to take care of each other and work together to make our customers happy.

Schedule your free inspection from our great pest technicians!

At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, we have a deep desire to give the best quality of work to each and every customer. Whether you want your home treated for scorpions, termites, or other pests, we have the most effective tools around.

Get started by scheduling a free pest inspection for your home.

Here are 5 signs you have roof rats

Roof rats are a common pest throughout the Phoenix metro and Casa Grande. Their ability to easily travel from home to home makes this rodent a headache for homeowners. In this blog, we’ll review some of the signs you have roof rats — and when you need to call Arizona’s Best Choice for services.

#1. Half-eaten citrus around your home

One of the reasons that roof rats have flourished in the East Valley is because of the prevalence of backyard fruit trees, especially citrus trees. This provides the rats with a convenient food source close to warmth and shelter.

The rats typically will target the lowest hanging fruit—literally. They’ll eat oranges, lemons, and more that have fallen to the ground.

One of the most effective ways to determine if you have roof rats is to check the fruit that has fallen in your yard. If you’re noticing half-eaten fruit, or fruit with tiny bite marks in it, it might be a sign you have roof rats.

#2. You hear squeaking or scratching noises

Roof rats are generally not quiet pests. In the process of nesting, they’ll often make squeaking or scratching sounds. When it’s quiet at night, listen inside of your house.

If you hear noises that can’t be otherwise explained by your appliances, call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite for a free pest inspection.

#3. Your pets are acting strangely

Take notes on the behavior of your pets. Both cats and dogs have far better hearing and noses than humans, and they’ll often detect the presence of roof rats in your attic before you do.

If they’re constantly staring up at the ceiling, seemingly barking or hissing at nothing, or are trying to get higher to smell, it could be a sign that something is up there worth checking out.

#4. You may see rat droppings

If you have roof rats, you may see rat droppings around your home, outside your home, or in your yard. These droppings may be near the dropped, eaten fruit mentioned in #1.

Reminder: rat droppings, urine, and nest can contain dangerous pathogens and bacteria that can make you very sick. So, keep your distance and call in the experts at Arizona Best Choice Pest & Termite Services.

#5. You may see the rats themselves

Roof rats are generally larger than common mice, and much of their diet—such as citrus and fruit dropped from trees—is found outside. That’s why many Valley homeowners find out they have roof rats by actually seeing one around their home, outside their home, or in a high place.

Call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite for a free roof rat inspection

If you suspect that your Valley home has roof rats, contact us at Arizona’s Best Choice to schedule your free roof rat inspection. We’ll send one of our experienced techs out to your home to check for signs of roof rats and determine if further treatment is needed.