Signs of a Rodent Problem

Shelley Wenger

In your home. It needs to be taken care of right away.
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Most people want to ignore the problem when they see it. However, if you are dealing with rodents in your home and barn, you need to deal with it now, before it gets any worse.

Not sure what to look for? Here are some signs of a rodent problem.

Droppings. The easiest way to tell if you have a problem with rodents is by looking around for their mess. They are going to leave little fecal samples all over your home and barn if they are in there.

Nests. Rodents are known to make nests, with whatever they can find. This includes paper, leaves, thread, and much more. You will often find evidence of nests in your floor and between your walls. You may even notice leftovers that they drop as they work on building their nests.

Damage to your home. They are rodents and they love to chew! In fact, they will chew anything. You may notice signs of chewing on your doors, the woodwork around your doors and windows, and much more. If they are in the attic (or elsewhere), they may chew wires, causing you to have electrical problems. You may notice that one of your appliances isn’t working properly, due to a chewed wire.

Most people notice fecal samples all around their home, before they even notice that they have a problem. They may also find nests throughout their home. Others notice damage to their home. Their wood may be chewed, though rodents are also quick to chew wires, which can cause even more problems!

If you are noticing any of the above problems, it is important to deal with the problem right away. Though you may want to ignore it, it will just get worse. Rodents can repopulate quickly, so just a few mice or rats can turn into a large colony faster than you ever imagined.


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Shelley is a small town farm mom of two boys. She is a veterinary technician, so she is proud to write about all kinds of animals and their care. She also loves to write about writing, running a business, working from home, and much more.

Glenville, PA

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