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Imagine being a realtor and experiencing the following scenario. You are showing a house to a prospective buyer and the buyer opens a cupboard or goes into the garage and points out rodent droppings to you. That showing is sure to end quickly since, who wants to buy or invest in a rodent infested property?
Rodent problems can occur even in the best of homes. If you are trying to sell a home, you need to learn how to identify a rodent problem before a potential buyer spots it for you. Once you discover that your home is infested, you can develop a strategy against these unwanted guests.
Identifying Rodent Infestation
In some cases, rodent infestation slips out of the homeowner’s attention because rodents are not usually active during the day. These critters also try their best to avoid contact with humans and other animals. They are devious critters at best, but after they have established a nest in your home, you will eventually begin to notice signs and evidences of their presence. Here are a few signs you need to look out for to help you discover whether you have a rodent problem at home.
Feces: The most visible evidence of rodent presence is finding their feces. Their droppings are mostly found in pantries, nooks and crannies of your flooring and walls, cabinets, attic, and the garage. If you find their droppings around your home, you definitely have an infestation. But determining the seriousness of the infestation needs more sleuthing and analyzing.
Discovering rodent feces is only the first step. What you need to do next is to analyze how old the excrements are. Older excrements tend to look gray and dull. They are also dry and would crumble easily when you clean them. Fresh excrements, on the other hand, are darker, shinier, and look softer. This is also an indication of a recent infestation.
Noises At Night: It is best if you listen to “rodent sounds” at night. These unwanted guests make noises when they chew, eat, scratch, and climb. You might hear them clawing your walls and cabinets. You might even hear squeaking sounds or a little commotion when these critters fight. These noises usually occur at night since that is when they are most active.
Chew And Gnaw Marks: Rats and mice can find their way to food sources; thus, if you have been storing your food in boxes or bags, they can easily gain access to it by chewing the containers. If you find chew signs on your cereal box or other food containers, you have to take it as a sign of infestation. To prevent contamination, you must store your food in plastic containers with sealed lids to prevent rodents and other pests from gaining access to it.
Aside from chew marks, you might also look for any gnaw marks on your furniture, structures, and electrical wires. Rodents love to gnaw on hard surfaces, such as wood and other materials found at home. This is not only an alarming sign of infestation, but it also increases the risk of fire hazard, especially if these critters have taken a liking in gnawing electrical wiring.
Stains And Rub Marks: Rats live on unsanitary environments; thus, they might leave stains and rub marks on your walls and baseboards as they go around your house. Rats have greasy and dirty coating and they leave stains when they rub their fur onto the walls, cabinets, and baseboards as they walk by. These stains might also indicate their runways and lead you to their nests.
Nests: These critters create their nest out of materials found around your home and property, such as grass, paper, small pieces of fabric, and twigs. Most rodent nests are made of soft and warm materials.
Once you discover any of the signs listed above, you must immediately decide how you should address the problem. For one, you can try to get rid of these pests through simple home remedies. DIY pest control is effective if the infestation is still at its early stage; however, if the infestation has grown serious, it is time to consider professional services.
Kris Lim is a homeowner who used to suffer from rodent problems. She now writes about identifying rodent infestation, and occasionally offers tips for preventive pest control.