Do I Have Rats or Mice? If you think you have some unwelcome visitors taking refuge in your home, there are certain signs you can look for to be sure.
Look for -
Droppings: Mouse droppings are about the size of rice grains; rat droppings are about the size of a raisin.
Tracks: Scatter a small patch of flour or talcum powder on the floor along the wall or in likely places. Put a cracker or a piece of bread spread with peanut butter in the middle of your "tracking patch." Check for tracks the next day.
Burrows: Check in weedy places, under boards, under dog houses and near garbage cans or dumpsters.
Gnawings: Any little hole with chewed edges is a sure sign. Check your pantry for chewed packages. Look for shredded paper. Look for tooth marks.
Sound: Listen for gnawing or scratching in walls or attics, especially at night.
Nests: Chewed paper or cloth (including gloves, carpet, clothes) are often found in boxes, drawers, basements or attics.
Odor: A musty odor usually indicates mice, not rats, are present.
If you think you have a rat or mouse problem, schedule a pest inspection today!