Types of Rodents
Rodents can cause a great deal of damage to your home and property if a infestation ensues, so it’s important to be aware of what types of rodents can invade and how they differ in personality. The most common rodents to invade your home include:
The house and deer mice are grayish-brown in color, with light, cream-colored underbellies and extremely curious. They breed rapidly and can multiply in your attic and walls in just weeks.
Common rats include the Norway rat and roof rat. They are more of a challenge to trap as they are less curious and more cautious to new things than mice. Rats are also aggressive and may charge you if you try to trap or poison them yourself.
Squirrels are one of the most attractive of the rodents, but that doesn’t make them any safer. Squirrels will build nests near openings in your roof so they can easily run out to reach their food supply for their young.
Signs of Rodent Infestation
The typical signs of a rodent problem in your property include:
- Rustling noises: Irritating noises in the walls or ceilings as rodents move around seeking food, water, warmth or protection are an obvious sign you have unwanted house guests. The noises are more apparent at night as this is when they are typically more active.
- Droppings: Mice, rats and other rodents leave tiny, dark droppings along walls or in areas of significant rodent activity like kitchen cabinets, cupboards, beams or other objects.
- Strong odors: Rodents have a distinctive musty smell and their urine wreaks of ammonia.
- Nests: Rodents build nests for their young ones with shredded material like newspaper and fabrics. If you see scrapes of paper lying around your home, it may be due to the critters.
If you notice any of the above signs of critters, contact a professional immediately to prevent further damage. A Critter Control® of Jacksonville professional will use advanced equipment and years of experience in rodent removal to eliminate the pests and keep your house rodent-free for the long-term. Contact us today at 904-221-8633 to schedule an appointment or for a free quote.