Telltale Signs of a Rodent Infestation

Did you know that your home can have a rodent infestation even if you’ve never seen a rat or mouse scurrying away? If you notice nesting materials like dried plants, holes in floors or walls, odd smells, or rodent droppings, you may have a problem with rodents.

The best way to ensure rodent control is by taking preventive actions, such as removing leaf piles and other potential nesting locations from your property. In addition, consider sealing holes — both outside and inside your home — to deter rodents from trying to enter. Cleaning up any sources of water and food around your home also may help prevent rodent problems.

Once you notice signs of a rodent infestation, however, it’s time to work with a professional for rodent infestation control.

Rodent Infestation Signs

If you notice certain telltale signs, you may wonder, “Do I have rodents in my home?” To determine whether you have a problem, consider the following signs of a rodent infestation.

Gnaw marks typically look lighter in hue than rodent droppings, but the marks grow darker the longer they are present. You may observe such marks on food containers or even on portions of your home’s structure. A combination of new and old gnaw marks can indicate an ongoing infestation.

You also may discover droppings near areas where you store food, including kitchen cabinets and drawers. Are the droppings dark and moist? If so, you may have a current rodent infestation. Runways or tracks — best seen with a flashlight or black light — along with nesting materials and offensive odors also can serve as signs of rodents.

Rodent Infestation Cleanup

Rodents can spread disease, so using proper cleanup techniques is vital following the discovery of rodents in the house. Before you begin cleaning up after rodents, trap any remaining live animals, and seal any possible rodent entrances into your home. Be sure to ventilate any spaces containing rodent urine or droppings before working in the area.

Wear protective, waterproof gloves for cleaning any infestation areas. Before cleaning up droppings and urine, spray them with a disinfecting solution. Pick up the waste with paper towels, and dispose of it in a closed garbage container.

After cleaning the area, disinfect any items that have come into contact with rodent urine or droppings. Clean and disinfect the area by mopping and cleaning countertops and other surfaces with a bleach solution. In addition, wash any contaminated bedding and other fabrics in hot water, and shampoo or steam clean carpets and upholstery.

Contact McDuffie Pest Control

The professionals at McDuffie Pest Control use Integrated Pest Management practices to help keep your home and property safe and healthy.

We offer both monthly and quarterly pest management services to keep your home free of rodents as well as roaches, ants, mosquitoes and other pests. As an independently owned family business, we have served Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina since the 1960s.

If you’re wondering about the cost of rodent control, rest assured that our goal is providing you with affordable pest management services, delivered with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. To learn more about our rodent control services, please call us at 800-441-8278 or contact us at We look forward to serving you.