Rodents, such as mice and rats, are common pests, but their dangers go beyond destruction of property and sheer phobias. One rat can carry up to 40 different parasites, and these parasites can carry some of the most dangerous and deadly diseases known to man. As a result, you have to take action against rodents as soon as possible to keep your family/business safe.
Some indicators are:
Presence of fecal droppings
Mice fecal pellets are small, up to ¼ inch in size, have pointed ends, and usually dark-colored. One adult mouse can produce 50-75 pellets daily. The Norway rat produces 40-50 pellets a day. The droppings have blunt ends and are typically ½ inch in length.
Evidence of damage from gnawing
The word rodent comes from the Latin word “rodere” which means “to gnaw”. Mice chew on plastic, wires, cardboard, wood, and will shred paper. Mouse damage holes are small, clean cut and 1-1 ½ inches in diameter Rats commonly gnaw on wooden structures, but will gnaw on a variety of items.
Live or dead rodents found
Presence of strong musty odors and urine
A strong musty odor can be detected in established mice or rat infestations due to their urine and body glands