Spotting a Rat and Mice Infestation around Phoenix Valley

Rats and mice are probably the most destructive amongst the commonly found rodents in Phoenix.  They contaminate our food, cause damage to our building structures, and transmit different types of diseases to us and other animals. Being secretive in nature, rats are difficult to notice when the population is low. However, it is very important to spot rat and mice infestation at this stage because pheromone released from a rat’s body attracts rats from the adjoining areas. Therefore, a small rat problem may worsen significantly in almost no time.

Rats and mice are highly active all over the year. Therefore, it is important to periodically check for the signs of infestation. Unless your home is completely rodent proof, it is only a matter of time before it is invaded by rats and mice. It is much easier for anyone to control rodents before the population grows beyond the manageable limit.

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An obvious sign of a rat infested house is the presence of living and/or dead rats. Rats tend to remain hidden provided they have enough space available. Therefore, if you are able to see them in plain sight, your home may already have a full-blown rat infestation. Always remember that rats are seen only when the available space is no longer adequate for their increased population. Presence of rat droppings is another indication of the presence of a healthy rat population. Rats also leave grease or dirt marks along the floorboards and walls.

Absence of these obvious signs of rat infestation does not necessarily mean that your home is rat free. Thoroughly examine the surroundings of your home for rat runs. These are the tracks found in low vegetation and grassy areas that function as scouting path for the rodents. Once these paths are established, rats tend to follow the same path for a long time. Norway rats are mostly seen in burrows beneath the tree roots, at the edges of drain covers, and in grassy embankments. Roof rats tend to build their nests in locations that are dark and visited infrequently.  Some of their favorite dwelling places are the attics, inside the lofts, and beneath floorboards.

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Rats are known for their habit of gnawing incessantly on materials like wood and plastic. If you notice large holes or damaged materials in walls and floorboards, be sure that these are the signs of rat infestation. Always remember that the new gnaw marks have a rough appearance. However, these areas get smoother with time because of wear and tear. Another common sign of rat infestation is noises from your attic at night.

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Many different types of rat traps are available in the market. However, most of them are ineffective against an infestation because they are designed only to address individual specimens. Moreover, rats are extremely cautious about unseen objects found suddenly in their familiar foraging path. As a result, most of the traps are rendered ineffective. Therefore, once you are sure about an infestation, it is always better to consult an experienced Phoenix pest control specialist.

Article is provided by Moxie Pest Control of Arizona – a Pest control company in Phoenix serving entire Valley.

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