Keeping your home rodent-free

August 2, 2015 - 1 min read

Whether you’ve just moved into a new house or something is not quite right at home, inspecting for unwanted visitors such as rodents is essential. If left unchecked, these pests can cause big problems in your humble abode—and we’re not talking about waking up to half-eaten food! Rats and mice can chew through your timber, pipes, brickwork and electrical cords, leaving you (quite literally) in the dark. They can also spread some nasty diseases, so it’s best to get them out quick smart! Luckily, we’ve put together a list of warning signs that will help you identify whether you have unwanted visitors.

As the temperature has dropped, rodents will be on the hunt for places to stay warm—and your home will be a fantastic option. If you’re experiencing any of these warning signs in your home, it may be time to get a pest control professional on the case.

Strange rustling noises around the house

Nothing sends shivers down your spine like a few unexplained, mysterious noises coming from the roof. However, it’s much more probably you’re dealing with a furry rodent, rather than a poltergeist. As rodents are more active at night, and the house is quieter, you’re more likely to hear them scurrying around when you’re trying to sleep.

Do you smell that?

If you start noticing a musky odour throughout or in certain parts of your house, it may be rodent urine. Although strange odours may come and go in time, the smell may linger or get worse depending on how much time they’ve been spending in your home. Also, seeing little black droppings is a definite sign that a critter has left their mark.

General damage to clothes, wires, etc.

Are there holes in your new shirt or fraying electrical cords around the place? If you also see unexplainable shredded paper scattered around the place, this could be a sign that you have nesting rats in your abode. Exposed cables could get nibbled on too, so keep an eye on your appliances, as well as any cables in your roof or other hidden areas.