How to Spot Mice and Rats in the Home?

How to Spot Mice and Rats in the Home?

People often complain about high heating bills and electricity outages infection in a winter season. Rodent infection is another issue people have accounted during the season of fall. The National Pest Association has reported that they receive more than usual complains about a rodent in winters. Different organizations have suggested following list for determining where your home is infested with Mice and rats.  

What to Determine?

Rats dropping cause salmonella and Hantavirus in humans. They are also the reason for many kinds of allergies in a human body. The first very common sign you can see to spot rats in your home is dropping in the home. It is a surprising fact that a single mouse has the ability to produce more than 50 dropping in a day. You can see these pellets in your kitchen cabinets and other places where you commonly store food. Other places where you can see dropping are under the sink and inside cardboard boxes. There may be in the corners under the fridge and anywhere in the home. The length of dropping is approximately 1/8-1/4” 3 to 6 mm. It is very important to remove the dropping by wearing protective gloves so it may not harm you in any case. It is the only way you can be safe from the health threats of droppings.

Gnaw Marks

The search of food forces rodents to bite and chew plastic and bags. They gnaw on wires which sometimes cause the fire in the home so it is very important to see these signs of rodent infestation by taking time from your busy schedule.

Strange noises

The night is a time when people rest but it is also the time when insects and especially rats come off their nests. They make strange noises which can be easily heard because of their movement and their struggle of finding food. They might be searching for a place in your child’s toy house for building their nests or they may be eating the pieces of food left on the table of a cupboard. The possibility of danger for your health will increase because of these rodents.


You would find secluded areas such as shredded paper products and packs and wall installation that are used by rodent to make nests. If you have seen these nests then do not relate it to anything else and ask for a pest professional to inspect your house as soon as possible.


The small animal leaves dirt marks along the walls when the search for food in the kitchen. You can follow the trail that they make their nest and the place where they roam around. The oily fur makes rub marks which can help you easily to spot rats.


You would be surprised to know that mice can produce a half dozen rodent babies after every three weeks which could create more problems for you in the long run. Therefore, if you have seen any of the above-mentioned signs then it is an alarm for you to take actions against the dangerous rates.

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