Rodents are one of the most annoying and unpleasant pests out there. These animals can damage our spaces and contaminate the stored merchandise. In addition, they are extremely dangerous because they can transmit infections and diseases. If we suspect that they have found a hiding place in our business, here are some red flags.
Rodent control: how do you know if these animals are present?
In general, or unless there is a very serious infestation, mice are elusive, making them difficult to visualize. However, we can detect their presence because they often gnaw on furniture, walls and the floor.
2. Remains of excrement
This is one of the most common alerts. The droppings of mice are usually elongated with rounded edges, similar to the shape of a black grain of rice.
3. Stains on surfaces
When moving from hiding to where they have found a source of food or hydration, mice often leave dark gray spots on the surface where they move.
4. Smell of ammonia
Rodents have a peculiar aroma similar to that of ammonia. It is convenient that we pay attention if we perceive an aroma like this, especially in extremely closed spaces, such as the bottom of a closet.
5. Damage to facilities
The habit of gnawing is due to the fact that his incisor teeth are constantly growing. For this reason, they can damage wooden or plastic items. They are even capable of causing electrical accidents if they come into contact with the wiring related to the power source.
Rodents build burrows for shelter. They usually do this near solid structures, such as walls or slabs. Although they can also make them under a pile of garbage or dirt.
How to identify the perfect hiding place
Mice not only find in burrows an ideal place to establish a colony, since there are other spaces that can become their refuge. One of her favorites is the closet, especially when it stores old cardboard boxes. They are also particularly attracted to household appliances: stoves, refrigerators, washing machines or dryers.
If there is any suspicion, a good way to check for the presence of mice is to spread a little flour in these spaces. If the next day we find small footprints, it is time to prepare to implement a rodent control.
Through their secretions, mice put our health at risk and expose us to terrible diseases, such as: leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis, hadis, trichinosis and hantavirus. The serious thing is that many of these are asymptomatic, that is, they do not cause obvious symptoms and if they are not treated as soon as possible, they could cause irreversible damage.
In general, these pathologies are transmitted through stool, saliva and urine. The latter – like many animals – is used by rodents to “mark their territory” or to warn their colony that they have found food that does not contain poison.