7 Signs of a Rat Infestation Every Homeowner Needs to Know

Just under 15 million homeowners in America have reported spotting rodents in their homes. A rat infestation in your home is not only dangerous for its structure but also for the people and pets living inside.

Rats can carry diseases that may affect a person if they’re bitten. That’s just one reason why it’s so important to quickly rid your home of rats if you spot any signs that you may have an unwelcome guest. 

If you think you may have a rodent infestation, have a look at the seven most common signs below. 

1. You Hear Noises 

If you have rats in your home, you’ll likely be able to hear them. This is especially true if they are in your walls or attack.

Listen out for signs of scuttling and scurrying about. You’ll hear them much more clearly at night time when your home is more silent.

You may also hear sounds of scratching or gnawing that you aren’t able to place. Rats can do this out of sight behind a wall, so it might not ways be clear where exactly the noise is coming from. Ensure you listen carefully if you think you may have a rat infestation.

If you think you hear rats in your home, it’s best to contact a professional service to get rid of them. Amco Ranger will locate rats’ nests and rid your home of them. They’ll carry out the necessary procedures with care and precision. 

2. Gnaw Marks Are a Problem

Gnaw marks on skirting boards or wooden furniture are among the most common signs of rats. Rats chew on hard surfaces and furniture because they are trying to file down their teeth.

This will damage important areas of your home. It can even jeopardize the structural integrity of walls if you have a very large rat infestation. Rats may gnaw through walls to make it easier for them to travel around your home.

The gnaw marks you spot could vary in shape or size. They might be curved and rounded or sharp and angular. Regardless, if you spot gnaw marks and you don’t know where they’ve come from, it’s important to call an exterminator right away.

3. You’ve Spotted Droppings

Droppings are a very common sign that you are facing a rat infestation. Darker droppings are a sign that rats may still be in your home, as they are darker when they’re fresh. If the droppings look grey, they have been in your home for a while and it’s possible the rats aren’t there any longer.

However, it’s still very important to get your home checked for rats regardless of the color of the droppings.

If you’re unsure if the droppings belong to a rat, size can be a good way to tell. Rat droppings are between 3/4 and 1/2 an inch, so this is the best way to know if you’re dealing with rats.

4. There’s a Particular Smell 

Rats create a stale or musky smell in your home. This is sometimes because of the bacteria they carry on their fur. If the scent lingers regardless of the cleaning you do, you may have rats.

Rats may also die in your home if they have been living there. The smell of a decaying rat carcass is instantly noticeable in the home. If your home starts to smell bad, especially in hot weather, you should contact an exterminator to locate any possible dead rats.

If you feel your home smells odd or even unsavory, contact Amco Ranger. They’re the professionals when it comes to finding and getting rid of rats in your home.

5. You Spot Tracks 

Rats tend to have very noticeable tracks when they have infested your home. You’ll likely see smudge marks and dirt tracks if rats are running around inside, particularly if they’ve found a way to get outside even while their nests are in your home.

Their tracks can also be dedicated by black light, as these lights will help display the track marks more clearly.

A good way to check for rat tracks is to place baby powder in the area where you think there may be rats. As the rats run through this area, they will leave prints in the powder. If this happens, it’s time to call the exterminator.

6. You Discover a Nest

A nest is a very obvious sign of a rat problem. Nests will usually be made up of items taken from garbage, such as old newspapers, cotton balls, and tissues.

Rats can make nests anywhere in your home, but they will likely be in areas that are quiet and discreet. Nests are more difficult to spot if they are made behind a wall. But, if you suspect you have rats, check the backs of unused cupboards or drawers and even under heavy furniture to spot nests.

7. Your Pets Are Acting Strange

Pets have a very good sense of rats being present in your home. This is especially true of predatory pets such as cats and dogs. They can smell rats and also notice the subtle movement of rats much earlier than humans.

If your pets are clawing around distinct areas in your home, a rat may have laid their nest somewhere nearby. Don’t disregard the behavior of your pets, as they spot the early signs of infestation and can help you discover rats before they become a problem.

A Rat Infestation Can Damage Your Home 

A rat infestation is a major problem for most homeowners. Not only do rats damage the structural integrity of your house, but they also can spread disease to pets or even your loved ones.

If you discover one or more of the signs on the list above, you may have a rat problem. It’s best to sort this out as soon as you spot any of these signs. Waiting to see if the problem will go away itself puts you and those living in your home at a greater risk. 

Amco Ranger is the best service to contact if you discover rats or signs of rats in your home. They’ll carefully analyze the scale of your rat infestation and decide on the best course of treatment. Get in touch today if you have any questions or concerns about rat infestations in your home.