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Rafiki Pest Control LTD
  • June 6, 2024

Rodents are mammals. But unlike humans, whose teeth do not continue growing for a lifetime, rodent teeth are ever-growing. Not only do rodents gnaw on surfaces to gain access to a possible harborage and food source, but they also keep their teeth in check. 

If rats and mice don't gnaw, their teeth will continue growing into their brains. Rodents can chew on anything available to them and cause extensive damage in and around your property. Their teeth are powerful, allowing them to cut even through concrete, plastic, rubber, electrical wiring, and even steel. 

Because of their biology and habits, rodents present a serious menace to your home and can be hard to control. Rafiki Pest Control specializes in offering rodent control services in Mombasa. Besides getting rid of the infestation and eliminating harborage areas and food sources, our licensed professionals will also provide 24/7 remote monitoring services to keep rodents away and prevent future pest problems. 

Signs Of A Rodent Infestation 

Rodents can move into your residential or commercial property in search of food, warmth, and shelter. These invaders are responsible for thousands of dollars worth of property damage every year. It is estimated that rodents are responsible for at least 20% of the undetermined fires in the United States each year.

Luckily, with regular pest inspections from a licensed pest control expert, you can stop rodent threats from becoming a reality. Additionally, a good property inspection can identify early signs of a potential infestation and help prevent expensive rodent damage. 

Below are some signs of a rodent infestation to look out for: 

Rodent Droppings

Rodent droppings are a significant indicator of a rodent problem in your home. These droppings appear like small, dark, and shiny feces, measuring up to 3/4 inches in length. 

Sometimes, you can tell the type of rodent invading based on the size and quantity of the droppings. For instance, whereas rat droppings are dark brown and half an inch long, mouse droppings are usually small and smooth with two pointed ends and are typically no longer than a quarter of an inch.

Rodent Odors

Rodent urine odors are another telltale sign of an infestation. Rodent urine tends to have a strong and, musty, unmistakable smell. Because the urine is made of urea and water, it releases an unpleasant stench that worsens over time as the infestation grows. 

Should you notice a stale smell coming from the hidden areas in your home, you should keenly inspect your home for other signs of rodent infestation. 

Rodent Nests

Once they infest your property, rodents prefer to build their nests in undisturbed and enclosed areas where they feel safe, like attics and unused drawers. Rodents often build their nests with the materials found within your homes, like strings, cardboard, stuffing, fabric, and insulation. 

Grease Marks: Rodents are so dirty that their bodies often leave behind unsightly grease marks as they travel along walls. These creatures dig through trash and squeeze through unclean places, meaning that their fur is almost always covered in dirt and grease. Unexplained smudges of dirt and grease along your walls and close to the floor are a screaming sign of a rodent infestation. 

Rodent Noises

Rodents' noises are one of the few warning signs that can tell you have an active infestation even before you ever see the rodents themselves or notice evidence of their activity. Rodents can make many types of noise when they infest your home, for instance: 

Scurrying- they make this sound when moving from one area of your home to another. 

Scratching- scratching noises are an indication that rodents are crawling or climbing. 

Gnawing- rodents constantly make gnawing noises when they are chewing.

Chew Marks

As noted earlier, rodents must constantly gnaw on your property to wear their teeth down. Besides, they also need to gather material to build their nets, which means that you'll often find items throughout the house that have been chewed, from books, electric wiring, clothes, and furniture. They will also chew and make holes in walls and floorboards, creating spaces for quickly traveling throughout your house. 

5 Rodent Prevention Tips From The Professionals

The best way to deal with rodent problems is to prevent an infestation in the first place. Eliminating all possible food and water sources, getting rid of items that may provide shelter for rodents, and sealing potential entry points will keep rodents at bay. 

Below are quick, professional tips on how to keep rodents away from your facility: 

  • Consider sealing all exterior gaps and small holes with rodent-resistant material. Rodents have a somewhat collapsible rib cage, enabling them to flatten themselves and squeeze through incredibly tiny spaces. 
  • Remove all potential food sources/items from your property and keep foods secured in a clean area. Rodents especially drool at the sight of fruits, berries, nuts, and plants. 
  • Do not store foods in containers that rodents can easily chew, like cardboard boxes and paper containers. Consider using sealable rigid plastic containers. 
  • Ensure the garbage area is clean and free from clutter and debris. Keep garbage bin containers closed at all times. 
  • Keep all the nooks and crannies of your home spotlessly clean, especially because rodents prefer to hide in untidy, hard-to-reach areas like under or behind appliances. 

Contact Pest  Control Professionals To Solve Your Rodent Problem 

DIY rodent control traps and poisons can eliminate some of the pests infesting. However, there are multiple issues that you can quickly encounter that might render the entire DIY mission both risky and ineffective. 

Our pest control professionals in Mombasa are highly trained and licensed to deal with small and severe infestations. Our pest control service is customized to your specific needs to offer a complete solution to eliminate the existing rodents and prevent new pests from entering your property in the future. If you are looking for rodent control services in Mombasa, give us a call today at 0721213778 or visit our website for more information. 

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