What are the tell tale signs that I have a rodent problem?

Rats and mice are some of the most common rodents around the home. Populations can increase quickly because they reproduce very rapidly. Rodents carry various diseases and can cause damage to your home by chewing on the electrical wiring. Rodents can enter your home through voids and gaps. Mice can actually fit through an opening as small as a dime whereas rats can enter an opening as small as a quarter. While this is a common problem, many home owners who do have a rodent problem are unaware of it. Below is a list of tell-tale signs that you have a rodent problem and need professional help to fix it. 

Tell-Tale Signs of a Rodent Problem
·         Nibbled Boxes and Containers 
·         Holes in walls
·         Rat and Mice Droppings 
·         Scratching Sounds 
Holes in Walls
Once rodents infest your home they look for area's in which they can reside and hide within walls. Once they take up residence in these areas they chew a hole through the wall to enable them to get out and scavenge for food. 
Rat and Mice Droppings 
Droppings are one of the most reliable signs of rodent infestation. They can be found almost anywhere around the home including cabinets, attics, and around pet food dishes. Mouse droppings are typically smaller than rat droppings so its important to get a positive identification. If you are unsure you can always call Avon Pest Control and we will assess whether there is a problem that needs to be fixed. 
Scratching Sounds
One of the most common ways people first realize that they have a rodent problem is that they hear scratching noises at night while in bed. The dead silence of night is when the sounds are easiest to hear and produce a very distinct sound. 
Nibbled Boxes and Containers 
Also, look for teeth marks in boxes and containers. Plastic bags with food are also bad because rodents can chew right through them. If you do not have pets, nibbled boxes and containers, especially ones containing food are a dead give-away that you have a rodent population in your home. 

How to Identify and Prevent the Problem from Getting Out of Control 

The best prevention technique is to prevent the rats, mice, and other rodents from entering your home in the first place. Some of the places that you can look that are common entry points are around plumbing penetration, doorways, garage doors, vents, and around attics. If you do find voids or gaps between these items you can fill them with steel wool. Steel wool works great because rodents cannot chew through it. Because populations of rodents can increase so quickly it's best to have a pest professional help you if you suspect you have a rodent infestation. If you have any questions feel free to contact us here at Avon Pest Control, http://www.avon-pestcontrol.co.uk/pestControl/miceAndRats/

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