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How to Spot a Rat Infestation

Having a rat infestation in your house can be a nightmare. Aside from the untold damage they can cause in your home, they are simply scary little creatures that nobody wants around. Plus, not knowing if the strange sound in your house and marks on your floor are from these vermin or simply your own paranoia can be unnerving. Fortunately, there are signs to look for to know with certainty if these annoying pests have invaded your home.

Visual Signs

Spots around your house are normal so they might not always indicate the presence of rats. However, if you see dirt smears along the bottom of your walls, it may be a result of rats rubbing against them as they travel around your house. Since rats have poor eyesight, they cling to walls as a way to get their bearing. Finding rat droppings on your floor is a telltale sign that you have rodents in your house. Rat droppings are dark brown and shaped like a large grain of rice. If you find multiple rat droppings in a small concentrated area, there are rats in your house.

Aural Signs

There are also certain sounds that are evidence of a rat colony in your household. Creaking sounds from within your walls and on your floorboards are customary when rats are present. Occasional noises might not mean anything. But, if you hear scurrying and scratching sounds continuously at night or a grinding noise that sounds like teeth rubbing against each other, you may want to consider extermination services.

Other Signs

Some other ways to know if you have rats living in your house are signs of damage like teeth marks on wooden furniture, torn open cardboard boxes, or exposed electrical wires, as rats frequently gnaw on objects to keep their teeth sharp. Also, nests made from torn-up newspapers and clothes that located under refrigerators or garbage cans are indicative of the presence of rats. Also, look for burrows near compost heaps, garden sheds and garages.

With a little investigating, you can be sure if you have rats in your house or if you are experiencing the ordinary occurrences of any household.

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