Residents of Puyallup, WA know there is no more sickening feeling than finding evidence of rats in your home. If you’ve had the unfortunate luck of actually seeing a rat in your home, then you know that you have a problem. If you don’t see one, but suspect you have a rodent problem, there are other signs of a rat infestation that you can be on the lookout for.
What’s That Sound?
One of the first signs of a possible rat infestation is the sound of scratching noises that are coming from the attic, under the floorboards or within the walls. Some species of rats, like the roof rat, are excellent climbers and may choose to set up shop in your attic. Norway rats, on the other hand, cannot climb as well and will tend to locate under the floors or underneath exterior decking.
Even if you aren’t hearing scratching noises, there are several visual signs that you may notice. The appearance of rat droppings, which look like dark brown grains of rice, can be one of your first visual clues. Rats can drop as many as 40 of these little gifts per night.
Rats may also leave you a trail of where they have been scurrying throughout your house. That trail can consist of footprints where they move through the dust. You may also notice markings left behind by their long tails.
Another visual sign is rub marks. Rats tend to travel close to walls and baseboards, using them as a guide. They will then duck in and out of various openings in their search for food and safety. The rub marks that they leave on the walls or around these openings is actually the result of grease and dirt that accumulates on their bodies. The grease rubs off of them and onto your baseboards as they make their way around your house.
Rats are also active chewers. They are constantly gnawing on almost anything: wood, plastic, sheetrock, electrical cables, etc. You may also notice teeth marks on food packages as well.
Look for Nests and Burrows
Rats that make nests within your home will shred newspaper and fabrics to make a warm place to raise their young. Norway rats will burrow under decking, sheds and compost heaps outside your home to reproduce and store food they have taken from your home and the outside.
If you suspect a rat infestation, then seek professional rodent control from a trusted professional like Whitworth Pest Solutions.
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