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Pests We Treat - Rat damage in Seaside Park, New Jersey



Rat damage in Seaside Park, New Jersey
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Usually, during these inspections, you'll see signs of rodent activity other than live animals. Rodents tend to hide when not foraging for food, but they are messy creatures that leave behind a trail of evidence, especially fecal droppings, burrows, and nesting materials. I was expecting to find signs of a mouse infestation, but during my inspection found evidence of a rodent that most of us find to be even more disturbing - disease-carrying rats! During my inspection, the first sign of a rat infestation were droppings behind washer and dryer. Fecal identification is important to determine the type of animal infesting the home. Also, the volume of droppings is a good indicator of how big the problem is. A rat's fecal pellets are rectangular, about 1/2 to 3/4" long, with blunt ends. They are generally found in small groups. The droppings of a house mouse are much smaller, granular in shape, about 1/8 to 1/4" long, with one or both ends pointed. These rats had also carved out burrows and pathways in insulation covering the basement floor joists.