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The fact that rats and mice are far bigger than bugs doesn’t mean that finding them is always easy. These dedicated animals can sneak around your house silently and seamlessly, leaving only their trail behind.  

Rodents can be very destructive because they would chew on pretty much anything they have in their path. To be fair, they can’t really help it: rodents need to keep on chewing because their teeth never stop growing, so they constantly need to wear them down in order to keep them to a decent size.

This unfortunate fact makes them crave chewing. Rats, for example, like to chew through entire wooden structures, so if you have them in your house most of your furniture may be in danger. As they keep their teeth in check, they also search for areas with potential to get food or to build nests. Rodents can also chew on PVC pipes and plumbing, and there are even cases where they have made their way through lead and concrete. They can be very persistent.

While this pest is more common in the winter, as rodent colonies may try to invade your house in search for heat, they can appear at any time of the year in search of food too. If you have an infestation, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional to deal with it.

The most usual kind of rodent that visits your house is called house mouse. These are the common signs they leave behind:

• Droppings: Black in color and about half an inch big. If you have a black light, you could also find urine. These are not only unpleasant, they can be dangerous; rodent droppings and urine are a huge source of diseases, which you can attain by either touching or smelling. Do not touch it without protection, and if you find a room filled with it better leave it to an expert. Never try to vacuum them either, as it will only spread it around the room.
• Chewed wiring: It can belong to any appliance, mice make no difference. This isn’t a problem only about the amount of machines they can render useless; the bigger threat is the fire hazard potential. Everybody knows exposed wires are a bad idea, especially in areas with a lot of water. Also, if they gnaw at the right cable, they can even produce a shortcut big enough to leave you without electricity.
• More chewing: As we previously explained, mice chew everything and the mark will remain to tell the tale. Gnaw marks on carpets, sofas, drapes, baseboards and others are a very clear sign.

They also have favorite places to hang out, which are predominantly those where they can steal some food. So the kitchen is an instant hot spot, and they may even try to build their nests close by, such as in cabinets and voids between appliances and/or the wall.

Pet food also attracts them like crazy, so wherever you keep the cat treats is a place to watch out. Garages and storing areas, attic and basements, utility openings and voids on the floor, walls or ceiling are all common places.

On last place to check is your car. Rodents love cars as nesting areas because they provide heat and shelter, and have a complete playroom of stuff to chew on. It is also very easy to cause damage there because any wire they chew can probably stop the system from working.

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