5 Signs Your Frisco Property Has A Rodent Problem

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There is no end to the problems rodents can cause inside homes. Their teeth are razor sharp and strong, giving them the ability to chew through walls, utility piping, electrical wiring, and practically anything else they want to. Their bodies are dirty, constantly spreading bacteria wherever they go, bacteria that can make your family sick. Their diet includes items like dead creatures, raw meats, and rotten foods that could be host to dangerous diseases.

These dangerous diseases can be carried by rodents and transmitted through their excrement and urine. Long story short, wild rodents are not furry creatures you want sharing your home. To know if your Frisco home has a rodent problem, here are 5 signs you can look for:

Sign #1: Gnaw Marks, Holes & Electrical Outages

Rodents are born with front incisor teeth that never stop growing. This drives them to constantly chew on everything to keep those teeth filed down. Look for signs of chewing around your home in the form of holes in your walls, ceilings, and food boxes, gnaw marks on furniture, and strange electrical outages (caused by wires being chewed through inside wall voids.)

Sign #2: Grease Marks

Rats, in particular, have greasy fur and prefer to hug walls when traveling around inside a home. This can leave distinct grease marks running along baseboards.

Sign #3: Droppings

Rodents have no care for where they do their business, and you might find their droppings and urine anywhere in your home. Some great places to check are around food storage areas, inside drawers, behind storage shelves, along the walls of your garage or shed, and beneath kitchen appliances.

Sign #4: Pitter Pattering Late At Night

Rodents are by nature nocturnal. This means nighttime is when you are most likely to hear them scampering about. Listen for sounds of scratching, running, and gnawing coming from your wall and ceiling voids late at night.

Sign #5: Nesting Materials

Rodents build their nests out of things around a home. If you find ripped up paper, fabric, or insulation, it is a good sign that rodents are somewhere close by.

A Few Prevention Tips For Rodents

  • Seal off your home's exterior. Do your best to find small openings and seal them off using a caulking gun and wire mesh. For larger openings, more detailed repair work may be needed.

  • Make sure exterior and interior trash cans have tight-fitting lids.

  • Trim trees and shrubbery away from the exterior of your home.

  • Keep your yard clutter-free as much as possible.

  • Store leftover foods inside of plastic containers.

  • Clean around your home regularly making sure no scraps of food or drink spills are left out.

When To Call The Professionals For Rodents

If you strongly suspect your home has a rodent problem, it’s time to get the professionals involved. Here at Addison Pest Control, we are just that. We have the services you need to have a rodent-free home! To find out more about our rodent control services, or to schedule a service visit for your Frisco Property, give us a call today. We are here for you.