A Quick Guide to Identifying a Rodent Infestation

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If you’re like most people, the thought of rodents scurrying around your home is enough to make your skin crawl! Unfortunately, these pests are more common than you might think. In fact, according to the National Pest Management Association, rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States each year!

A Few Rodent Facts to Chew On…

Rodents are some of the most common pests in the world. There are more than 2,000 species of rodents, and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Rodents are attracted to human habitats because they offer food, water, and shelter. Mice and rats are the most common types of rodent pests.

Rodents are capable of causing a lot of damage to your home. They gnaw on wires and cables, which can cause fires. They also contaminate food and surfaces with their urine and feces, which can spread disease. If you have a rodent problem, it’s important to take action right away!

How to Recognize the Signs of a Rodent Infestation

In addition to being a nuisance, rats and mice can damage your home and spread disease. Rodents particularly begin to seek shelter and warmth inside homes and businesses when the fall season starts to approach. This is particularly true in the Northeast where we have notoriously cold winters.  

Even though larger infestations become noticeable, it is preferable to catch rats and mice as soon as possible to prevent population growth. But how can you tell if you’re having issues?

Signs of a Rodent Infestation:

Gnaw Marks

Do you have small gnaw marks on your wood, cardboard, or other materials? Rodents of all sizes have been observed chewing on everything from baseboards to wires.

Musky Odor

A rodent infestation is commonly accompanied by a musky odor. As the infestation worsens, this smell becomes stronger.

Rotting Odor

If a rodent dies inside a house, the odor will be intense. To detect and remove deceased rats or other pests, we strongly advise contacting a pest control specialist. Wear gloves and a mask if you decide to remove a dead rodent on your own.

Your Pets Are Acting Differently

Rodents may be present if your dog or cat is clawing the walls or behaving erratically in a particular section of the house. Make a note of the locations where they engage in this activity; this will help a pest professional properly assess your property.

Rodent Infestation?

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Procor Pest Control can help you get rid of rodents and protect your home or office from further damage. Call us today for a free consultation.

Rodent Droppings

One of the most prevalent and obvious indications of an infestation is rodent droppings. Mice droppings are typically tiny, dark brown, and pointy, measuring little more than 1/4” in length. The length and form of rat droppings may range from 3/4 to 1/2” depending on the species of rodent. When cleaning up rat droppings, use gloves, and a mask at all times.

Rodent Tracks

Small rodent tracks are yet another blatant indicator of an infestation. Look for them high up where it is easier for dust to accumulate and where probable traces may be visible.


Mice and rats will nibble small holes in thin walls or materials to generate new access points and routes.


It might be difficult to pinpoint the source of allergies, yet pest allergies are frequently disregarded. Rodent hair and droppings might induce allergic responses in certain persons. A pest-free house, according to 97 percent of allergists, may help battle common allergy issues.


There may be a rodent, or rodents, in your house or place of business if you hear scampering, gnawing sounds, or scratching. It’s common to hear noises coming from within walls, ceilings, and attics.

Grease Marks

When rodents scurry over surfaces, the oils in their hair may leave grease stains or streaks. Keep an eye out for strange markings like this when you’re checking for rodents.

Contact a Rodent Control Professional

If you have identified any of these signs, it is important to contact a professional pest control company like Procor Pest Control. We will come out and inspect your property to properly identify the rodent problem and develop a customized solution that will get rid of the rodents for good. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.