How To Determine If There is a Rodent Infestation In The House
Signs of Rodents In Your Home
Giveaway Signs of Rats and Mice include:
- Rodent Droppings
- Urine Odor
- Holes that have been chewed through
- Skuff marks, Gnaw marks
- Rodent runway path
- Rodent Nests
- Scampering sounds
- Unusual behavior from pets
Rodents are considered to be one
of the most dangerous pests for homeowners.
There are many reasons for this but the most crucial reason is the huge impact
rodents have had throughout history on the health and well being of mankind.
They are a health hazard (remember
the bubonic plague?) These unwanted house guests carry life-threatening
illnesses, diseases, bacteria, damage property, contaminate food and the list
continues. The bottom line is, nobody wants rodents invading their home, so how
can you tell if you already have a few living with you? Rodents are sneaky
animals, there are specific signs to look for to determine if you might have
rodents in your home.
Rodents usually enter your home when the weather gets too hot or cold, seeking shelter from extreme weather conditions and access to food and water from your kitchen. There are a few solid signs that you might have a rodent infestation and might not even be aware of it, the following signs could be a reason that you should call Rodents Stop and take action against unwelcome rodents in your home:
- If you see one rodent, there’s a good chance that it’s not alone, check the rest of the house and call Rodents Stop.
- Sometimes rodents can be so quick that homeowners will report catching a glimpse of something they saw running along the floorboard but weren’t sure what it was. It is very likely that its a rat or mouse!
- If you find rodent droppings call Rodents Stop immediately so that they can handle the situation in a professional manner.
According to the National Pest Management Association, mice leave 50 to 100 droppings a day, while a rat leaves 30 to 60 droppings. Mouse droppings can be described as small, pellet-shaped, dark brown, with pointed ends. Mice droppings are about a quarter-inch in length. You can tell if the droppings are fresh by the color. Newer droppings will be dark and old droppings will look dry and lighter color. Rat droppings look similar but larger.
- If you hear unusual scratching sounds coming from the walls and floorboards, especially at night, you might think the house is haunted but it’s actually rodents running around. Sounds can be described as squeaking, scratching, and gnawing.
- If you find packaged foods in the pantry have been gnawed open, it is contaminated and should be thrown away immediately. Your pantry is a real treat for a family of rats or mice, it’s an all they can eat buffet if they find themselves in your pantry.
- If you find damages in unlikely areas of your home. Mice will sometimes chew through doorframes, windows, walls, and cabinets to get what they want. Look out for very small tooth bite marks and small wood chips on the floor, this indicates that rodents have gained access.
- Electrical problems in a house may be caused by a rodent infestation. This is a dangerous situation that can cause a spontaneous fire and should be taken care of by calling Rodents Stop immediately.
- Certain areas of your home could have an unusual musky smell. If you have smelled a room that has had a rodent problem, you won’t miss it the next time you smell it.
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Paul K.Los Angeles, CA
July 22, 2019
I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).
Kian A. Encino, CA
July 22, 2019
For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.
Jay J.Northridge, CA
July 22, 2019
If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!
Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA
July 22, 2019
These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.
Molly H. Los Angeles, CA
July 22, 2019
Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!
Sean M. Los Angeles, CA
July 22, 2019
Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.
Rachael S. Bellflower, CA
July 22, 2019
I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??
Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA
July 22, 2019
We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!