In our most recent article, we discussed some of the things to look out for in order to decide if it’s time to call a rodent exterminator. We discussed the way that rodents destroy food containers in a pantry to get at what’s inside, as well as the way that you can look for tracks in the dust or sugar that they have gotten into. Of course, rodent droppings are also an excellent sign that it’s time to contact someone about rodent control. We also discussed the importance of not ignoring your senses when it comes to rodent control, such as hearing the scurrying in the walls and seeing the rodents outright.

But those aren’t the only five ways to keep an eye (and ear) out for rodents. Today we take a look (and a smell!) at some more ways to discover if you need to contact a mouse or rat exterminator.

Strange Pet Behavior

Pets are pretty much guaranteed to have at least one sense that’s better than yours. While standard human vision might beat the average dog’s, the dog is certainly the champion when it comes to smells. Cats can hear better than humans and dogs, and they’re much better at pinpointing where a sound came from.

If you have a rodent problem, it’s very likely that the sounds of smells of the mice or rats will cause your pets to act strangely. They might be clawing at the baseboard or concentrating on a spot on the wall. But they know something is there, so be sure to watch out for strange behavior in your pets.

The Smell of Urine

Your pets will almost certainly be able to tell that you need rodent control thanks to the smell of urine from the mouse. But if the smell gets too bad — which usually means a large infestation — humans can smell it as well.

It’s unlikely that the smell is the first thing you’ll notice if there are that many rodents in the walls. But if it’s just one more sign that you can’t ignore, call a professional mouse exterminator right away.

Home Damage

Here’s something that’s probably pretty obvious: Rodents don’t care about your home. They don’t care if they have to chew through wood to get somewhere else in the house, and they don’t care if they have to chew through the electrical wiring in order to wear down their ever-growing teeth. If they want to make a nest, they’re not going to think twice before tearing apart your antique quilt.

Not every mouse hole is a perfect little arch like you’ll see in a Tom and Jerry cartoon, so you’ll have to look in less obvious places where rodents can slip in and out of the walls. When you do, you might find…

Grease On The Baseboards

Rodent hair is full of grease, and it often rubs off as they move through the tiny spaces in a home. This can cause discolorations on any wood that they rub up against. If you find grease near the floor in the kitchen, don’t automatically think it was from a cooking mishap.

Do You Need Rodent Control?

If you’ve run into any of these problems, it might be time to contact a pest control expert. Give us a call and we’ll get rid of your rats and mice!