Dealing with a rodent infestation is never fun, and once these pests have made their way into your walls, getting rid of them only becomes even more challenging. If you’ve found you’ve got a rodent problem on your hands, it’s important to tackle the issue as soon as possible. Mice and rats can spread harmful diseases and quickly destroy drywall, wiring, and other parts of your home.
Identifying Rodents in Your Walls
Identifying the presence of mice or rats in your walls is the first step toward addressing the problem. Familiarity with physical characteristics of rodents, the sounds they make within walls, and the potential damage they can inflict on your home will enable you to act quickly to eliminate these unwanted guests and prevent further problems.
Characteristics and Visual Signs of Rodents
Mice and rats are smart and nimble, known for hiding in small spaces, such as behind furniture, inside storage boxes, or even within wall cavities. Evidence of an infestation can include:
- Droppings are small brown pellets that are shaped like grains of rice;
- Grease marks along baseboards or on the walls;
- Chew marks on food containers and other materials;
- Wires that have been gnawed on;
- Drywall that has been chewed through;
- Food and surfaces that are contaminated with urine, droppings, and saliva.
Sounds Rodents Make in Walls
If you’ve noticed potential evidence of an infestation, but you haven’t laid eyes on an actual rodent, they may be hiding out of sight in your walls. Mice and rats are known to produce a variety of noises, such as squeaking, scratching, gnawing, and/or running and jumping within walls.
These sounds serve as a means of communication, as well as to locate food sources and mark their territory. Careful attention to scurrying, squeaking, gnawing, and scratching noises can assist in locating the source of the infestation in order to take the necessary steps to eliminate them from your walls.
All of these issues can lead to additional problems and should be addressed promptly. Understanding the nesting and feeding habits of mice can help you better control and prevent infestations.
Removing Rodents from Walls
Now that we’ve identified the signs of a rodent infestation, it’s time to take action. There are things you can do and other things that you should leave to the professionals.
Strategies you can do to get rid of rodents or at least stop more from entering your home include sealing entry points and eliminating food sources. These methods are what you can to help control rodents in your home, but how can you get rid of them?
Call Alexandria Pest Services to Get Rid of Rodents!
A rodent control professional can provide the expertise and resources needed to effectively solve your mice or rat problem. If you have a pest problem you need solved now, schedule service with us today!