When most people hear about homeowners finding beehives or rodent colonies behind the walls, they assume it is a rare horror story that is not likely to happen to them. However, these occurrences are more common than most people think. Rodents and other pests are very good at finding ways to sneak into homes.
How Much Space Do Pests Need To Sneak Into A Home?
According to the CDC, mice can squeeze through a hole that is the same size as a nickel. If a hole is as large as a quarter, a rat can fit through it. Insects can squeeze through nearly any size crack, gap or hole. Rodents are one of the biggest problems during colder months. They often sneak into homes to keep warm and take up residence behind walls, in basements or in attics. Unfortunately, some can spread serious diseases such as hantavirus and leptospirosis.
How Can Homeowners Inspect Their Homes For Signs Of Pests?
Droppings are the best indicators of a rodent infestation. Both rat and mouse droppings are often found in basements, under beds, behind furniture or in areas where there is very little foot traffic. They often gnaw furniture along the back or bottom. If they can access food pantries or cabinets, they will often gnaw holes in boxes or bags of stored food. Another sign of rodents may be a musky smell. Mice and rats often make nests out of fibers and nests are often found in empty boxes, neglected crates and other small areas that remain undisturbed for long periods of time. Homeowners should carefully look for rodents in these places. However, it is important to wear gloves and to avoid handling mouse droppings if they are found.
A combination of any of the signs listed above is usually a positive indication of an infestation. While it may not necessarily indicate a colony of rodents starting their own little city behind the walls, it is a sign to call a rodent control company immediately. It is important to work with a company that knows how to safely remove droppings and rodents. ABC Home & Commercial Services is a leading Austin pest control company, and our qualified specialists offer fast service.