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Keep an Eye Out For Signs of a Rodent Infestation This Fall

WPC Pest and Termite Control and the National Pest Management Association are sharing the top seven signs that rodents have taken up residence in your home

  It’s that time of year again — football season, trips to your local farm, and crisp, fall weather.

But before you break out your favorite pumpkin spice-flavored treats, it’s important to remember to keep alert for uninvited guests looking to join in on the fun. As temperatures begin to cool, 

WPC Pest Control, in partnership with the National Pest Management Association, is sharing signs homeowners should look out for that could signal a rodent infestation.  

 “Disgusting odors that permiate from insulation in attic’s and basement’s are a sure sign that rodents are present”, said Jim Mazzuchelli, owner of WPC Pest and Termite Control. 

While rodent infestations are common throughout the year, they are particularly troublesome as colder weather arrives and food sources diminish. These stark changes to their environment make homes the ideal spot for them to hide out in.  

Rodents are able to transmit more than 35 diseases to humans, posing a serious health threat to you and your family should they find their way into your homes insulation.  Contamination from urine and droppings will cause serious respiratory issues, such as the deadly Hantavirus. 

To help keep your family protected this fall, WPC Pest Control is offering FREE rodent inspections and suggestions on decontaminating your home.

WPC Pest and the NPMA have identified the following top seven tell-tale signs of a rodent infestation:

Droppings: Finding droppings in the home is one of the most common signs of a rodent infestation. Homeowners often find these where food is stored, such as kitchen cabinets or pantries, as well as under sinks, inside chewed cardboard boxes and along baseboards.

Gnaw marks: Rodents will chew through almost any type of material to obtain food or water, causing serious damage to a home. Rats are also known to gnaw on wires behind walls, potentially resulting in dangerous house fires.

Nests: Rodents prefer to hide in dark, secluded areas of the home and will use any materials available to build their nest. If you see items such as paper products or cotton strewn about, it might be a sign of a rodent infestation.

Tracks or rub marks: As rats follow a trail between their nest and food sources throughout a home, they will often leave dark grease or dirt marks along walls and floorboards. 

Strange noises: Hearing strange noises at night could be attributed to a family of mice scurrying about the house, between the walls and up in attics and crawlspaces. 

An actual rodent: Mice are known to reproduce quickly, as a female house mouse can give birth to a half dozen babies every three weeks or up to 35 young per year. Chances are, if you see one mouse in the house, there are more hidden behind the walls!

Contamination: Oders and staining of ceiling tiles and basement insulation is a sign of what could be droppings and urine caused by nesting rodents having their young.

For more information about rodent infestations, visit or contact a licensed pest control professonal.


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