No one wants renegade rodents roaming and wreaking havoc in their hearths and homes. We’ve yet to meet one person in the wide world would wish for such a silly, sickening thing!
All alliterations aside, this is a serious issue that often requires professional help. Not only do rodents spread disease, they can also cause structural damage to your home. They gnaw on everything, including electrical wiring and can use insulation from your walls, electrical outlets, and appliances for their nests, meaning they pose a safety risk. It is clear this is not a problem you would want to ignore, but how do you know if you need to call in rodent removal reinforcements?
- You See Droppings and Debris– Rodents are not tidy house guests. They will leave a trail behind them. If you see small brown or gray balls in small piles or scattered about near a potential food source or a possible nest of trash-like material and debris, then chances are it is some kind of rodent dropping. Common places you may find rodent nests are in crawlspaces, cupboards, attics, and basements. The less often you get into an area of your home, the more likely a rodent will take up residence there.
- You Notice Gnaw Marks– When we say that rodents chew on everything, we mean everything. You might notice your furniture or other items have been chewed on. They can also leave scratch marks and holes in your walls because they chew on drywall also. If you see markings that look like chew marks, it’s time to look into rodent removal assistance.
- You Notice Strange Sounds and Smells– The droppings and urine that rodents trail around will smell. Some say it smells a bit like stale ammonia. Smells could also be rotten food the rodents have squirreled away. Since rodents are active at nights, that is when you will more often hear the squeaking, scratching, and scuttling sounds of the rodents as they move around or eat. Those types of smells and sounds are signs of a problem, so call for help ASAP.
Whether it be a rodent or two that has taken up residence in your home or it is a whole family with aunts, uncles, and cousins included, we at Longhorn Termite & Pest Control know that we can assist you with your rodent removal needs.