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Be On the Look Out: How do I know if I have rodents in my house?

Aside from physically seeing the critters in your home (and if you see one, believe me, there are more), most people realize they have a mice problem after noticing droppings, nesting materials around, gnaw marks on furniture, doors or trim, or holes in packaged foods and dry goods.

Mice and rats leave dark brown or black droppings in their walking path, around food sources and nesting areas. The droppings are granular in shape and can range from ¼ of an inch to 3/8 of an inch. You can gauge the extent of the infestation by the amount of droppings you find. Sometimes you can see signs of greasy tracks on the floor or in dusty areas along walls under furniture. Mice get active at night and often you can hear them squeaking and moving around in your walls and above your ceilings.

Easy access to an abundance of food is one of the main reasons mice and rats take residence in your home. They will eat just about anything and they will leave tears and bite marks in bags and scatter crumbs about as they eat. They will gnaw on wires, anything wood, pvc pipe, etc. to keep their teeth from growing too large (which can lead to starvation). The biggest threat to humans is they carry many diseases and bacteria and can pass them on through feces, urine and bites. Exposure to rodent droppings can transmit serious illnesses such as hantavirus, salmonella and leptospirosis. Rodent bites can transmit plague, rat-bite fever or infection. Drinking out of contaminated soda cans that were stored in an area infested by mice is one such example of how this might occur.

The good news is you can take back your home, either by setting traps or hiring a professional pest control service such as Quest Pest Control.