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It’s never a good time when you think that you may have rats in your house and it can be a horrible strain when you’re not sure if they’re there or not. There are plenty of signs that you can seek out if you think you have a problem, but a concrete answer is often something tough to come by. That’s why it’s a good idea to know what you can look for to know the answer to the rat question for certain.
Once you figure out that you have rats infesting your home, your next step is going to be calling a Brentwood rat exterminator to take care of the issue and get you back to living your life. This is something that you don’t want to do alone. If you’re not a trained professional then you’re just going to turn a job that should take a few days into a job that lasts months, all while having to deal with rats in your home.
Droppings and Packaging
The easiest to find evidence of rats is the presence of droppings or chewed-up packaging anywhere in your house and they shouldn’t be ignored or brushed off. Rats are scavengers that will attempt to make the most out of any food source that they happen to come across. If you find half-eaten shelf foods or packaging that’s been chewed or ripped apart then the chances are very high that a rat did it.
The next thing to look for is the presence of droppings and you’re going to immediately know the difference between droppings left by mice and those that have been left behind by mice. A rat’s droppings are going to be much bigger and more noticeable. It’s also going to tell you where the rats have been and it’s most likely near a food source.
Finally, keep a lookout for erratic behavior from your pets. Both cats and dogs will react to rats and it’s always a good idea to believe them when they seem to react to nothing. By the time you get to the area, the rat is likely to be gone.
Of course, erratic pet behavior isn’t enough reason to call an exterminator for most people. Simply use it as evidence that you need to look around for droppings and other evidence. You’ll most likely find it behind your refrigerator, in your basement, or under your oven.