Other indicators of rodent activity include sound. Ah, yes. How strong, yet subtle and overlooked in the rat infestation identification process is this component of sound? What comes in the waves that travel the air and meet your earbuds can be an indicator that you need some pest control assistance, so what can we learn from this?
First, some context. Rats are nocturnal by nature, and they tend to be the busiest ironically while humans are sleeping. It’s a fascinating dichotomy, one that has created a monumental advantage from the rodent’s perspective. Nevertheless, as much as they like to avoid this happening, the homeowner can hear squeaks, rustling and bustling about scampering, scratching sounds as the mice, or rats, or another variation of a rodent travels to find their food and build nests.
Listening just right before you doze off into your comfortable sleep for these sounds can serve as a verification and confirmation that you need some assistance here. I will say that it helps to err on the side of patience at night because it’s not only that you will lie in bed and perhaps you get up every once in a while to get a drink of water as you’re waiting to hear for rodents, but they’re also waiting on you to be stationary, silent, and fall asleep. There is that duality that we all have to measure when trying to identify and listen for potential rodent infestations.
Another component to all of this is the nesting. These animals like to dwell in warm, dry places that are out of the way. That can include yet are not limited to behind dressers, which is an interesting place to dwell. Inside cabinets. Obviously, boxes, the epitome of the classic stereotypical situation where someone opens up a box they haven’t in about 10 years, and they see a family of rats that then they exclaim in horror as to what their lack of awareness as to this box and its characteristics led to. Now, you got an entire army of rats and/or mice to deal with.