How to Identify and Prevent a Rodent Infestation?

From hearing suspicious scurrying noises at night to discovering droppings in your kitchen cabinets, dealing with a rodent infestation can be an extraordinarily stressful undertaking—especially when you don’t know the full scale of your issue. To gain control of your growing rodent problem, here are some ways to identify what type of rodent has infiltrated your property and how you can prevent it from staying.

Identifying Your Rodent Problem

When dealing with a potential rodent infestation, it is important to start by determining which type of rodent you are dealing with. Common nuisance rodents include:

  • Rats
  • Mice
  • Squirrels

While these rodents vary in size and shape, they all share common behaviors. All rodents have teeth that never stop growing. Therefore, they must frequently dull their teeth by gnawing on hard materials in nature like nuts and trees. However, when inside your home, these critters will chew and destroy everything in sight: from wires, piping, and cables to furniture, drywall, and wooden beams. If you notice chew marks on such household items, them you likely have a rodent infestation.

Conduct a Thorough Investigation

Rodents typically like to nest in dark areas of your home, such as underneath cabinets, behind appliances, and in the crawl spaces of your walls and attic. Rodents are known to carry infectious diseases, so be sure to exercise caution during your investigation by using a flashlight, facemask, and gloves to examine these areas of your property for rodent activity.

While the most obvious indication that you have a rodent issue is visibly seeing a rodent while investigating, another telltale sign is if you find scratch marks, paw prints, or droppings. Furthermore, from just looking at the droppings, you may also be able to tell what animal has infiltrated your property.

However, if your investigation shows that your rodent problem has grown into a full-scale infestation, then call a wildlife removal technician as soon as possible to reduce the possibility of health risks to your family and further damage to your property.

Try Deterrents to Prevent a Full-Scale Rodent Infestation

There are a few products you can invest in to prevent your wildlife issue from getting out of hand. For example, there are many different traps you can buy to capture and safely relocate the rodents that are currently on your property. You can also buy baits, but be aware that these are often poisonous and will result in the death of the animal.

Of course, if you do not want to handle such an involved, laborious, and risky process on your own, you can always rely on a wildlife removal specialist to investigate your property for you.

Call Critter Control® to Prevent a Rodent Infestation

At the end of the day, the most thorough and permanent way to prevent a rodent infestation is by leaving the prevention measures to the professional wildlife removal technicians at Critter Control® of Polk County.

At Critter Control® of Polk County, our wildlife technicians have the expertise and experience to deal with your rodent infestation issue efficiently and effectively. Our removal process emphasizes prevention using eco-friendly and humane methods. Not only will we solve your wildlife issue much faster than DIY methods can achieve, but we will also keep nuisance pests from returning any time soon.

For more information about our rodent removal services or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at 352-204-0074 today.


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