How To Tell If Rodents Have Gotten Into Homes On Turks & Caicos

a rat on a dining room table in a home on west caicos

Sometimes there are sure signs of a rodent infestation, like seeing a mouse scurrying down the hall, but sometimes it’s not always so clear-cut. For a homeowner, it can be hard to tell what you’re dealing with. It’s important to know the signs of a rodent infestation in order to stop these pests in their tracks. These infestations are serious and should be dealt with as soon as possible!

Signs Of A Rodent Infestation In Your Turks & Caicos Home

There are a few types of rodents that often use Turks and Caicos homes as their own, and one of the things they all have in common is their teeth. Rodent incisors never stop growing, requiring the rodent to chew on items to keep them from growing too long. Chewing helps them survive and build nests, and gnaw marks around your house – for example, on wooden structures, electrical wires, drywall, or food containers – is a good indicator of a rodent infestation. This can cause very serious and costly damage, as well as fire hazards, water damage, and more.

Other signs of a rodent infestation include hearing their noises and seeing their droppings. You may hear scuffling noises as they scurry about in the house or inside wall voids. Droppings may be seen anywhere in the house – in pantries, drawers, personal items, furniture, on the floor, etc. Both of these signs are worth a call to your professional pest control company. Not only will rats cause damage by defecating and chewing, but they can also spread diseases, contaminate food, and introduce fleas, ticks, and mites into a home.

Common Homeowner Mistakes That Will Attract Rodents

There are a few mistakes homeowners may be making that will attract these pests, making them perfect candidates for rodent infestations. The biggest mistake is supplying a food source. Rodents will enter homes for shelter and easy access to food and water; in order to make a home less appealing, one should make sure to remove trash frequently and place tight-fitting caps on all food containers. All food should be stored in airtight containers or in the refrigerator. Additionally, rodents can easily chew through plastic bags and cardboard. Any crumbs or spills should be cleaned up immediately.

Another important step in preventing rodent invasions is to inspect the exterior of the home. Check for any openings, cracks or crevices. Rodents can fit through fairly small holes, so it’s important to fill or repair any found. Seal around pipes, place covers over vents, and install or repair screens. If there’s no way in, they won’t damage the property! However, be careful not to seal them inside. A professional is necessary if a homeowner believes he/she has an infestation. Having the right training and knowledge can get these pests out for good in a safe manner.

At Parkway Pest Solutions, our professionals can help eliminate and prevent future rodent infestations. Residents of Turks and Caicos shouldn’t wait to talk to a professional. With the damage and hazards that rodents can bring inside Turks and Caicos’ homes, it’s not something to put off. Contact us today to learn more about our rodent control process!