Updated: Oct 31, 2019
For reasons that scientists cannot really explain, rodent infestation has become quite a problem of late. And not just in homes. Offices, college dormitories, retirement homes, correctional facilities and even hospitals and other health-care facilities are not immune to rodent and rat infestations. And it goes without saying that food and grain storage locations have always been a target-of-choice for every kind of mice, rat and rodent.
After you’ve ridden yourself of a big rodent infestation of mice and rats you can ̶ and should ̶ have your exterminator disinfect with Sterifab. And of course, you can do it yourself. However, before you jump on the phone to the exterminator, it’s always wise to make sure that you do, in fact, have a rodent problem.
How Do You Know You Have a Rodent Infestation?
First, check for unmistakable signs of rodents. There was a time when rat infestations were so common that people could quickly tell whether they had rats or mice. Not so these days.
So, what do you look for?
Rodent droppings are a sure sign that you have uninvited ‘guests’ - rodents in your home or office - and they’re easy to identify. Mice droppings are usually smooth and small with pointed ends; they look a lot like caraway seeds. Rat droppings, of the other hand, are shiny black and 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch long.
Other, less obvious clues, are small heaps or mounds of what appears to be dirt along walls, wainscoting, and shelves. That ‘dirt’ may well be rodent droppings. Chew marks on food containers and boxes, as well as on wiring and cupboard doors are another sign that you are host to pesky rodents.
Rats or Mice? How Can You Tell?
It can hard to tell the difference between rats and mice. As a rule, teeth marks of rats are about an 1/8-inch long whereas mouse bites tend to be smaller and look more like scratches than teeth marks. In any event, you clearly have rodents around.
What are your pets doing?
You should definitely check along baseboards, door frames, doors, and inside cabinets. Of course, if you hear noises inside your walls, then you should examine your cabinets to see if the back panels yield any signs of rodent access. If you have cats and they spend a lot of time sniffing under furniture, staring at some unseen spot on the ceiling, or ‘sitting guard’ in some corner, then you may well have mice or rats.
And while we’re on the subject of pets, has your family dog been actin