Rat 101 - What You Need to Know About Dallas-Fort Worth Rodent Infestation
Recognizing the Warning Signs of Rats & Mice
By far the most common wildlife we see in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex homes, rodents don’t necessarily cause the extensive home damage as larger pests that enter our houses, but from a sanitation perspective, rats and mice can be a huge hazard to your family’s health and wellbeing. On this page, we’re going to review the obvious warning signs that you’re dealing with a rodent infestation, and how the Critter Stop team goes the extra mile to not just get rid of the rodents but also to sanitize and restore your home. If you have questions or you’re ready to get started working with Critter Stop to remove rodents or other wildlife from your home in Dallas, McKinney, Fort Worth, or other Metroplex locations, give us a call today.
What You’ll See Inside the Home
If you are dealing with a rodent infestation, you will see a number of common warning signs, including:
Droppings - by far the most obvious warning sign. Unlike other animals that pick specific areas to create latrines, rodents leave dropping everywhere.
Grease spots - these are the areas where rats and mice will go back and forth across your home nesting, sitting, and leaving urine and fluids behind them.
Not as quiet as a mouse - you will likely hear squeaking sounds or skittering noises when rats and mice are in your home.
Chewing - you will see signs of chewing on food containers, walls, wires, and other areas.
Nesting - rats build nests, but you may not see these as they are often hidden under floors, in attics, or inside the walls.
What You’ll See Outside the Home
Rats and mice will enter your home by making the traditional “Tom & Jerry” mouse house holes. In most cases, you’ll see these in the roof returns, also called the eaves. It’s important to remember that mouse holes are not going to be big. If you can squeeze a finger into the hole, the odds are good a mouse or rat can fit in as well. Because of their small size and hidden location, you will not likely notice the rodent entryways unless there are also warnings inside the home.
Critter Stop’s 4 Step Process to Keep Your Home Rodent Free
At Critter Stop, we offer DFW Metroplex homeowners a four step rodent removal process that will seal access points, completely rid your home of an infestation, sanitize, and create barriers to keep rodents and wildlife away from your home. If you want to learn more about our sealing, trapping, sanitizing, and outdoor control process, checkout our rodent and wildlife removal page. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or want to find out more.