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What Are Signs Of Infestation By Rats

What Are Signs Of Infestation By Rats

Rat infestations can happen anywhere, even in Vaughan. It can happen in your home, office, or your local supermarket. Removing these rodents requires a herculean effort, especially if they are left alone to multiply. A rat infestation poses a lot of health threats to you and your family. Rats are responsible for the many diseases they carry, which you might be affected with through the food and its preparation areas that they contaminate when scurrying around. 

Besides the health risks that rats pose, a rat infestation can damage your property as well. Rats are known for chewing through anything they can get their hands on. Whether it’s your electrical wires, a box of cereal, or a crack in the wall, once a rat sees the opportunity to chew, it will take it. 

These are some of the reasons why you need to know the signs of rat infestation. However, you can prevent the rat infestation from ever happening which saves you a lot of money, time, and effort. Here are the signs that you need to check inside your home for a rat infestation. Once you’ve seen one, it’s highly recommended to call your pest control immediately.

Rat Droppings

This is the most common sign of a rat infestation. One rat can produce 40 droppings in a day. But since rats are very secretive and like to hide inside their burrows, you won’t see a lot of these droppings if there are only 1 or 2 rats lying around. But if you see these frequently inside your house, it’s a sure thing that rat infestation has begun. This is especially true if you find them in areas like your drawers, your cupboards, or under the sink.

If these droppings turn gray when dry, you probably have a rat infestation. These droppings are the number one tell-tale sign that rats have infested your home. The largest number of droppings will be in those areas where the rats feed and nest, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for those spots.

Mice droppings are usually tiny in length and are small, dark brown, with pointed ends. If you see mice droppings, you might need an exterminator. Rat droppings vary in shape depending on the type of rat. Always use gloves and a mask when cleaning up rat droppings.

Four Odour

If there’s an unfamiliar foul odour coming from your attic or kitchen, chances are that there is a rat infestation going on. If the odour has been there for a while, you might have been living with a rat infestation for a while now. A rat infestation is usually accompanied by a musky odour. This odour tends to grow stronger as the infestation worsens. If a rodent dies inside where it’s staying, the smell will be strong as well.

Gnaw Markings

Gnaw markings will often be found on food packaging or the structure of the house itself. One way to determine age is to compare a gnaw mark you just noticed with those on a similar material that you know is older. If the newly found marks are lighter in colour, it could be an indication of a continuing infestation. The marks can also indicate whether you have rats or mice; larger gnaw marks will have been produced by the larger teeth of rats. Thus if you had a mouse infestation, but are now seeing larger gnaw marks, you may now have rats.

Strange Pet Behaviour

If you own any cats or dogs, check their behaviour around specific parts of the house. Your pets may become active and excited in areas where rodents are present. This is a result of the odour of the rat’s urine and is most likely to occur when rats have recently entered a structure. If you see your pet pawing at an area in which it had previously had no interest, get a flashlight and examine the area for rats or mice. If an infestation is large, you may also detect an ongoing stale ammonia smell coming from hidden areas, indicating an active infestation.

Rat Tracks

Rats leave foot and tail marks in dusty, less-used areas of the house. If rats are currently active in or around your home, their runways and tracks are likely to be distinctive, becoming fainter as time passes. Shining a strong flashlight at a low angle should reveal tracks clearly. To establish if an infestation is active, sprinkle fine flour or talc along a small stretch of floor near the footprints and check for fresh tracks the next day.

Rat Nests

If you see an area inside your house with a lot of clutter, chances are that rats have been using the area as their nesting grounds. Rats build nests in warm, hidden places using shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics. Nests will often contain young rats and are usually located close to a food source. Check behind and under appliances, such as fridges and freezers in or near your kitchen. You’ll need an expert rat removal company to get the job done right. Consider our pest control team!