No one wants to think about the possibility of having mice or rats in their home, but it can happen to anyone. Maybe you have heard something moving in the cabinets or even a squeak or two. It might be your imagination or something completely, but it also may be rat or mouse. If it is, you need to find out because they can be destructive to your house and they carry diseases that can make you, your family, and your pets sick.
Once you determine that you do have rodents in your home you can move forward with getting rid of them. The first question before deciding a course of action, though, is do you have rats or mice? Look for these telltale signs throughout your home
Are your pets restless?
Cats and dogs will get restless or nervous when they smell, hear, and see rodents in the house. Your cat may stare at the bottom of the stove in a “stalking posture” or your dog may sniff certain areas very intently. Pay attention. Your animals can see, hear, and smell things that you can’t and they can clue you in as to what is going on.
Is there a musky odor in your house or basement?
Mice and rats smell bad. They have an odor that is heavy and musky. You may also smell urine or a smell that is similar to the urine of a male cat.
Have you found any rodent feces?
You can tell if you have rats or mice by inspecting the feces.
Rat droppings are black, shiny and blunt at both ends. They are about ½ to ¾ inches long.
Mouse droppings are black or dark brown, smooth and have pointed ends. They are smaller than rat droppings at just 1/8 to ¼ of an inch long.
Have you found any wood around baseboards, window sills, or even furniture that has been gnawed?
Mice and rats gnaw wood but you can tell by the size and type whether it is a rat or mouse. Rat tooth marks are about 1/8 inch long while mice tooth marks are smaller and appear scratchy or chipped.
Have you found any tail trails or small footprints in areas that are dusty?
They would typically be near sources of food or at points of access but can be found just about anywhere.
Have you noticed smears along the lower part of the wall, around baseboards, or on lower cabinet doors?
Rats have poor eyesight so they travel along walls. They usually rub against the walls so if you see greasy smears or streaks along baseboards it may be from dirt or grease from rat fur.
Have you found any food or packages in cabinets that have been torn up?
Rats and mice will chew through cereal boxes and food packages. They can make quite a mess.
Do you have insulation that is torn up or is the underside of your sofa or mattress torn?
Rats and mice will find soft areas to build nests. They will also build nests in dresser drawers, closets, and on shelves.
Have you actually seen a rat or mouse?
If you have seen them, you have them.
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