How to tell if you have a Rat problem. Your home is your castle, your safe place. Yet you can't help but think something is wrong. You my friend may have a rat problem, here's how to tell.
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Things You'll Need
- Your eyes
- Pets (if present)
- Other misc. items.
All right lets get the oblivious one out of the way. If you actual see a Rat then you my friend have a problem. You may think that its only one or just a freak coincidence. What ever it is take steps, maybe buy a few traps. Rats are present in most cities around the globe and in most neighborhoods. Also just because you do not see a rat does not mean you don't have a problem, rats are secretive creatures who habits are hidden from us.
All right so you haven't seen a rat, lets look for other signs. Do you see rat droppings? Rat droppings are little pellets that most likely will appear near food supplies (check the cupboards). Also do you hear scurrying noises, particularly at night? Also the smell of a rat den (urine like) may be a tell tale sign of a rat infestation. These are the most oblivious signs of a problem.
Look for unexplained gnawing. Gnawing are a rodents way of teeth care. A rats teeth do not ever stop growing and will constantly have the need to be worn down. Look for unexplained gnawing and shavings around your home.
Are your pets more excited than normal? Do they constantly sniff a particular place in the wall? You may have something in the rodent family living in that particular place. If your pet is acting weird it may be because of a rat. Follow your pets advice.
Still not sure if a rat is sneaking around in your house? Look along walls particularly near food. Do you see a grease smear along it? If you do that's a rat. Rats memorize their environment and will follow the same familiar path to and from food. This leaves a distinct grease smudge from the rat that you can easily tell.
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