While rodent attacks may not be the first thing you think of when you think of pest control, Temecula homeowners often find themselves dealing with mice and all their associated problems. It isn’t only termite control homeowners are in need of. Even if you think you are rodent-free, you are certainly not immune. You could be sitting in your living room one night when a mouse just scurries across the room in front of guests. Or you could be trying to prepare a healthy meal for your kids when you find a gnawed loaf of bread or a bag of flour contaminated with rat droppings. Don’t let this happen to you. If you see any of the following five signs of a rodent problem, it’s time to invest in pest control services right away. 1. Black Pieces of “Rice”
If you see black pieces of rice in the bag or box, chances are you have a rodent infestation. And chances are that isn’t black rice. In fact, you might see things that look like little pieces of black rice hiding all over your kitchen and pantry. Mice leave about 60 droppings per day, and they love to leave them in the same places they find their food. Make sure to check your pantry shelves regularly.
2. Funny Smells
Mice don’t only leave droppings; they also urinate all over the homes they inhabit. And this can leave a funny smell. If you smell something musty, especially in snug corners with plenty of places to hide, it’s more than likely a rodent problem requiring a professional pest control company. Temecula homeowners can determine whether there are mice in the house and advise you on the best solution.
3. Mouse or Rat Nests
Rodents love to make their own home once they get into your home, which means making a nest. You might find mouse nests in an attic or basement, underneath large pieces of furniture, inside the couch, or anywhere there’s a quiet corner that isn’t often investigated.
4. Mysterious Noises at Night
If you’ve been hearing strange rustling, scratching, or squeaking sounds at night, rest assured it’s not a ghost. Don’t rest too easy, though, because it’s probably a rodent infestation. Mice tend to move around houses at night when no one else is around and they can hide in the dark. They often make the most noise between walls, in cupboards and drawers, or in wardrobes and closets.
5. Tell-Tale Bite Marks
Mice will often chew through packaging to look for food or building materials for their nests. While there is more than one explanation for holes in food packaging, you can tell it’s from a mouse if you find the gnaw marks that come from their razor-sharp teeth.
So, if you’ve found any of these telltale signs, don’t hesitate to call. Black Knight Pest Control will fill any entrance ways with foam so rodents can no longer get into the house, and set up fool-proof baits to catch the ones that are already there.