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How to Identify a Rat Infestation in Your House and Take Action

Spotting even a single rat in your house can be a sign that you have a greater infestation living behind your walls. However, identifying certain signs of rat activity can help you determine if you are dealing with a stray rat or a serious infestation. Here is what to look out for to confirm whether or not you have a growing rat infestation on your property.

Signs of a Growing Rat Infestation

  • Rat Droppings

A serious rat infestation will result in rat droppings spread throughout your home. In fact, you are more likely to spot rat droppings than a rat itself. Rat droppings tend to be about a half inch in size. The small pellets are black and shiny and can appear skinny or crescent-shaped. If the droppings around your house are bigger than what has been described, then you may be dealing with a creature other than a rat.

  • Squeaking and Scratching Sounds at Night

Rats are nocturnal, meaning they’re mostly only active at night. As they scurry along your attic floors and within your walls, rats will make rustling, squeaking, and scratching noises that can keep you up at night. You may even hear them chewing and gnawing on drywall and wooden beams.

  • Evidence of a Rat’s Nest

If you suspect that there is a rat infestation on your property, conduct a thorough inspection of common areas of rat activity, like your attic, garage, and kitchen pantry. Most critters will build nests in dark, cluttered crawl spaces near available food and water sources. Rat nests are typically constructed of little pieces of various materials all mixed together: scraps of paper, pieces of fabric, and various plant materials. The pests are quite practical; so, they’ll use whatever they have access to for nest building.

If you notice any of the above signs of a rat infestation on your property, then take action by immediately contacting the rat removal experts at Critter Control® of Orlando to reduce the spread of disease and damage to your home.

Professional Rat Infestation Removal Services Near You

At Critter Control® of Orlando, our licensed and trained rat removal technicians are dedicated to safely and effectively removing nuisance rat infestations. Our removal methods are always humane and eco-friendly, making us a much better option than attempting unsafe, toxic, and dangerous DIY rat removal methods.

To schedule an inspection of your property and receive a free quote for our permanent rat removal services, call Critter Control® of Orlando today at 407-295-7194.


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