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How to Spot a Rodent Infestation

Just because something is smaller than you, that doesn’t mean it can’t keep you up at night. And if you have a rodent infestation, that’s very likely what it will do. But rodents aren’t always easy to spot, so while you may have an unsettling feeling that you and your family aren’t alone, you may not have definitive proof that rodents have invited themselves in.

So how do you know if you have an infestation?

Discovering a rodent infestation in your home doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll ever actually see mice scampering across your floors. While humans rely heavily on sight, our strongest sense, it's only one of our five senses. Try engaging your sense of smell, since rodents are known for having a distinctive, musky odor. Keep your ears open as well; rodents tend to move quickly, so it's not uncommon to hear scampering or rustling noises as they scurry about the walls or ceiling of your home.

And keep in mind that rodents want to avoid you more than you want to avoid them, so it’s not uncommon to see clues of their presence before ever seeing one in the flesh. These clues can range from footprints to urine to feces, so if you spot any of these signs, don’t wait to act.

Addressing a rodent problem quickly will spare you and your family from potentially harmful effects down the road. Because if you thought rodents were a simple nuisance, think again. Rodents pose a serious health hazard, as mice and rats commonly carry diseases that they spread through contaminated food and even contaminated air when they enter homes. And if you come into direct contact with a rodent, you are at risk for a rodent bite, which can lead to serious illnesses such as  Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM), which can cause serious neurological disease if undetected and untreated.

So if you’ve spotted any clues of rodent infestations, or if you simply can’t shake that unsettling feeling and need peace of mind, download our free guide, How to Tell If You Have Rodents. By taking a proactive approach, you can prevent any harmful or potentially hazardous conditions from affecting you and your family.