Oh Rats: The Top Signs of a Rat Infestation

rat infestation and what to do about it

Oh Rats: The Top Signs of a Rat Infestation

Is your home infested with rats? How can you tell? Read on to learn about the top signs of a rat infestation.


If you thought a rat infestation was something that only existed in horror movies, we have some distressing news for you.

America is currently facing an unpleasantly rapid rise in rat and other kinds of rodent infestations — and it’s not just happening in larger cities like New York and Chicago anymore.

We know that you’re ready to fight back against a potential infestation, but let’s be honest: no one wants to deal with one in the first place. (Plus, we’re not sure that a high-pitched scream and a broom are really the weapons of defense against rats that you think they are.)

In this post, we’ll fill you in on the top signs that you’ve got a rat infestation on your hands, and then let you know how to get rid of a rat infestation problem for good.

1. Look for Droppings

Every winter, nearly 21 million American homes deal with a rat infestation.

The most obvious sign?

Rat droppings.

It’s disgusting to think about, but rats are able to generate about 40 droppings per night. If your floor has brown, rice-like pellets scattered across it?

It’s time to call in the pros.

2. Keep an Eye Out for Footprints

Rats leave footprints, also called running tracks, behind them — especially if you’re not exactly the most diligent duster or vacuum user in the world.

To see these tracks, go to the dustiest part of your home and shine a flashlight on the floor at a downward angle. Besides footprints, you may also see tail marks.

If you want to make sure the rat infestation is still active, become your own detective. Sprinkle a little flour on your floor, and then look for tracks in the morning.

3. Listen for Gnawing, Squeaking, and Scratching

As rats grow larger, the louder they become.

If you hear squeaking and scratching in the night, it may be rats — especially if the noises seem to come from up on your roof.

You should also look for grease and mud on your baseboards, and teeth marks in your food and furniture.

4. Check for Nests and Burrows

Next, look for a rats nest in the hidden and warm spots in your home — and in locations near where you store your food.

Since rats often use newspaper or fabrics to build nests, chewed-up papers can also be a sign of a problem. You should also look for burrows in garages, tool sheds, and even in your compost pile.

Rats carry serious diseases that could hurt you, your children, and even your pets.

It’s not worth trying — and likely failing — to address the situation on your own.

Let Us Handle Your Rat Infestation

If you’ve spotted any or these rat infestation signs in your home, you need to act quickly to stop the problem from getting exponentially first.

Our pest control professionals have the experience you need to kick rats out of your home once and for all. We can also assist you with termite infestations, roaches, bees, fleas, and more.

Contact us for a free estimate, and get ready to sleep through the night again without the fear of encountering a furry creature keeping you awake.

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