Recognizing a Rodent Invasion in Your Home
Have you been hearing squeaking and scratching sounds in your attic? Have you noticed a distinct musky smell lingering in your kitchen? If you have, you could be harbouring very unwanted guests: rodents!
Rodents — typically mice, rats, squirrels and chipmunks — are often attracted by food waste, inadequately sealed compost bins, food left behind during outdoor eating, as well as your garden!
To avoid sharing your home with them for longer than you have to, you should keep an eye out to recognize some noticeable signs of a rodent invasion. This way, they will be removed as quickly as possible before multiplying and causing a more serious issue.
Signs of Rodent Invasion in a Home
There are many signs to look out for when you are dealing with a possible rodent invasion. For instance, you should look for:
- Droppings and urine
- Holes in food boxes
- Nests (often in soft places like tissue boxes, insulation, comforters, and couch cushions)
- Noises (squeaking or scratching)
- Grease marks and a musky smell
- Odd behaviour from your pets (sniffing, roaming, or scratching is common)
But, How do I know what type of Rodent is in my House?
In Toronto, the rodents that most often invade our homes include mice, rats, squirrels and chipmunks. When you find signs of a possible invasion, contact a wildlife removal professional in Toronto and Mississauga as quickly as possible. Our skilled wildlife control technicians in Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, and the Greater Toronto Area will take all steps needed to identify the rodent, humanely remove it from the home, and prevent an invasion from happening again in the future.
When dealing with mice and rats, droppings, urine and grease marks may be found in your kitchen’s food storage. As well, their nests are made of material found in your home such as fabric and furniture stuffing, so keep an eye out for damaged cushions and holes.
Squirrels are typically found in attics and chimneys. Chipmunks, while less common in Toronto, usually set up camp under stairs and patios. If squirrels and chipmunks are in your home, keep an ear out for squeaks at night and an eye open for nests made of twigs, branches and grass.
How does ICE Remove Rodents from my Home?
Squirrel removal in Toronto can be tricky, but ICE specializes in humane wildlife removal for all critters. After a team of professionals have determined the entry point, they will install a one-way door system in which the squirrel will have no choice but to exit. Once outside, the squirrel will move on and remain unharmed. Chipmunk removal is carried out using the same method to ensure humane removal.
For mice removal, Toronto wildlife removal professionals use a baiting system. ICE takes pride in pest proofing your home to ensure mice and rats will not be able to re- enter your home or building.
At Innovative Care of the Environment (ICE), a wildlife control company serving the Oakville, Mississauga and Toronto area, our dedicated team of professionals is specialized in humane environmentally safe methods in wildlife control.
Contact us today if you have spotted signs of a rodent invasion or would like more information on our wide selection of pest and wildlife removal services in the Greater Toronto Area!