There are few things that strike fear into the heart of a homeowner quite like spotting a rat or mouse scurrying to safety inside your house. Not only can a rodent infestation make for an unpleasant surprise; but these pests can carry harmful diseases and pose a threat to the health and comfort of your family.

Rodents are some of the most difficult pests to completely get rid of. Not only are they resilient, but they can also hide in some of the smallest cracks and crevices in your home. Plus, rodents such as rats and mice are also notorious for reproducing quickly; so by the time you’ve found one invader, there could be many more hiding somewhere else in your home. In order to get rid of rodents for good, it’s necessary to call a professional rodent exterminator who has a thorough understanding of rats, mice, and other rodents, as well as the best methods and practices to eliminate them, and that’s 1st Choice Pest Solutions. Our rodent exterminators are trained to handle rodent infestations of all kinds, no matter the size or severity.


pest control services, pest solutionsAs mentioned, it is much easier to fix a rodent problem when you catch it before it turns into a full-blown infestation. Therefore, knowing the signs of a rodent problem can save you a lot of time and hassle. Here are a few signs that suggest you have a rodent problem and should call a professional pest control company to assess the situation.

Rodent Droppings

It’s no fun finding small droppings throughout your home, in fact, it stinks—pun intended. Rats, mice, and other rodents don’t care where they defecate, so as they scurry around your home, they’ll leave behind little droppings. These are typically easy to spot and look like tiny little brown pellets. The more you find, the more mice you probably have in the house. Similarly, the bigger the droppings, the bigger the rodents.

Nesting Materials

Rodents love creating nests, and as mentioned, they can breed so quickly, so they like to find places to build nests. Rodents will find and use a wide range of materials to create their nest. These are using items that can be accessed within or near your home. Common nesting materials include soft textures such as fabric, shredded paper, grass, and so on. These nests are normally found in areas where food and water are nearby and in places where they are safe from other predators.

Chewed-on Foods and Packaging

Like us, rodents need to eat in order to thrive, and because of this, a clear sign of a rodent infestation within your home is finding chewed-on food items and packaging in your pantry or cupboards. For example, finding holes in chip bags or cereal boxes can be an indicator that you may have rats, mice, or other rodents hiding within your home. 

Gnaw Marks

When not eating, rodents love to chew. They’ll even chew through inedible items. Oftentimes, this is how rodents enter your home in the first place, by gnawing through weak spots in your home such as through skirting boards or weakened plaster. Therefore, be on the lookout for holes in your home, or even signs of chewing on furniture or other wooden structures. 

Strange Smells

Strange smells around your home can be a sign that you have rodents. Rodent urine has a strong ammonia smell that lingers due to how frequently they urinate. While the smell won’t fill an entire room, it can be easily noticed in isolated areas where rodents are living. You may also notice smells on fabric items, most commonly caused by the rodents’ urine, which can have a pungent odor of its own.

Eliminate And Prevent Rodent Infestations

pest control servicesIf you suspect you have a rodent infestation on your hands, contact the professional rodent exterminators at 1st Choice Pest Control for a solution. We follow a detailed process to identify rodent infestations and properly eliminate them from your home. Once eliminated, our rodent control experts will work to fortify your home against future rodent infestations. By sealing entry points around your home, our rodent control measures are guaranteed to reduce your risk of another infestation in the future.

At 1st Choice Pest Control, we offer fast, reliable rodent control in Eau Claire and the surrounding area to help home and business owners eliminate every last rodent, restore damaged spaces, and create a barrier to guard against future threats. You shouldn’t have to share your space with rodents, and with the team’s help of experienced rodent exterminators, you won’t have to anymore!