Rats, mice, squirrels and chipmunks. These are a few of the mammals known as rodents, and the ones that you are most likely to find in or around your home. Most of us are more disturbed by seeing a rat or a mouse than a squirrel or a chipmunk, but in reality, they all can do damage to a home, and they all have the potential of carrying disease. Usually, getting rid of rodents is no easy matter. In fact, it’s possible for a fertile female rat to have a dozen babies every month, adding up to over a hundred in a year. Of course, that is in an extreme case, but it is still in your best interest to take care of the problem. However, you can only do something about it if you know there is a problem in the first place.

You can find traces of rodents if you know what signs to keep an eye out for. For example, they will gather up nesting materials, such as shredded paper or fabric. If you find something like that out of place, or you see missing parts of newspapers or clothes, look for the nest nearby. Use your nose, as well. If you smell something stale and musty coming from dark secluded areas, it is possible that there is a nest in there somewhere.