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How to Identify a Rodent Infestation

Rodent infestation

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Mice and other rodents often carry germs. Therefore, an infestation could put your residents at risk for exposure to disease. Rodents could also be very destructive to the home. It’s important to detect potential rodent infestations early, so that you could appropriately address the issue as a property manager.

If you suspect a rodent infestation, you’ll want to look out for the following signs:

Droppings

Rodents look for food in the home. Check in kitchen cabinets, drawers, bins, pantries, or cupboards for droppings. You may also want to check along walls, in boxes, or bags for droppings as well.

Bites or holes on food containers

Rodents such as mice can chew right through containers like food boxes, plastic, and other food packages. If residents find holes in their food containers, this often is a sign of an infestation.

Nests

Rodents like to build nests out of soft materials. They may use items like paper, fabric, furniture stuffing, or plants. Usually, they’ll nest in areas like boxes, cabinets, inside walls, in dressers, behind appliances, or anywhere else that is warm and out of the way.

Gnaw marks

Rodents have very sharp teeth, and they will use them to chew. While they often chew on wood, they could chew on anything. This is especially dangerous if they choose to chew up the electrical wiring, which could cause a fire.

Distinctive smell

Mice have a distinct smell when they’re present. It is a musky scent that resembles the smell of ammonia. You may find this smell in cupboards or under sinks—any place mice may have been.

Scratching noises

Listen for rodents running around in the walls or ceilings. You may also hear them squeaking or rustling as they scurry around the house.

Date:June 26, 2013 | | Author:

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