Illinois weather is harsh. Rodents seek out safe, warm places, like the walls of your house. They also want sources of food, like the bulk food in your cupboards or pantry. Our homes, unfortunately, are very attractive to them.
Rodent families love attics, crawl spaces, ducts, and walls. They even make nests in the insulation. They’re most desperate to invade your home during the fall and winter, fleeing from the cold. In the spring, they’ll be busy multiplying in your walls or on your property.
How do you know if rodents have invaded? Search for these signs:
- Strange, bad new smells wafting out of dark areas of your house
- Teeth marks on food packages
- Torn up fabric, paper, or plants, which rodents use for nests
- New holes in the walls or floor
- Rodent droppings on the floor, in cupboards, under sinks, and near food
- Oily markings on walls (from rodent fur)
- Sounds of running or gnawing
Your pets might also react to rodents in your walls, detecting them when you can’t. They’ll stare at the walls, bark, meow, scratch, and give other signs that they hear or smell rodents.