AHHH Rodents!

Rats and mice need to stay warm to survive the winter, just like you and me. A one-quarter inch hole is all that is necessary for a rodent to make your home its luxury winter getaway. Once inside, rodents cause problems by using your pantry as a choice feeding area, they gnaw on wood, burrow and nest within your warm insulation, all the while spreading disease and droppings all around your home.

The common house mouse is a typical problem here in West Michigan. Droppings, gnaw marks and urine odors are some of the tip-offs that you may have a problem. Even a small infestation can leave thousands of dark colored droppings throughout your home. Sounds and odors are telltale signs that you may have a rodent problem on your hands.

Identifying the Problem

A thorough home inspection will help you identify the type of rodent your dealing with and what they are doing, what is bringing them inside and most importantly, what rodent control solution is needed to eliminate the problem.


Dropping are the most common sign that you have a problem. A typical adult mouse produces 50-75 dropping each day. You can find literally thousands of droppings from even a small infestation. Droppings appear as small black pieces of rice but with pointed ends.

Gnaw Marks

Evidence of gnawing is a sign that you have a rodent problem. Rodents tend to gnaw on wooden structures such as corners, floor joints, and wall studs. Cardboard and cartons are also a favorites for mice.

Sounds and Odors

Other indicators that you may be dealing with a rodent problem are strong, musty odors, or a urine scent. Scratching and clawing are common sounds coming from within walls or the ceiling above or under floorboards. Cats and dogs may act excited at the areas rodents may be present.

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