How To Identify Common Household Pest Problems

Jul 28, 2018

Small creatures can sometimes cause large problems within the family home. It only takes one squirrel or rat to chew its way through a home’s siding to cause significant structural damage over the long-term. Electrical systems, water pipes, and home insulation can also be impacted by these small, pesky pests. And so San Antonio residents must enact proactive rodent control strategies to ensure their property is safe and secure. Within this article, the rodent experts at San Antonio, TX-based Family Pest Control will explain how you can identify pest problems and how to differentiate between the various pests.

a squirrel on a telephone pole outside of a home in san antonio texas

An Insight on Rat Infestation Issues

Rats are responsible for the transmission of disease and for home structural issues, and so San Antonio homeowners must be decisive in identifying the signs of a pest control problem.

Among the leadings signs of rat infestation are the following:

  • Dead Rats Out in the Open
    Rats are known to be extremely secretive and so when homeowners spot one rat in the home, it’s a leading indication there are many others.
  • Rat Droppings
    Rat droppings indicate that the rats have made their nests within the property and are feeding themselves in the area.
  • Grease Rub Markings
    A common sign of rat infestation is the appearance of grayish rub marks located around roof corners and where pipes and wires penetrate through the outside walls. It’s important to check for this issue during regular home maintenance processes.

Differentiating Between Squirrel, Roof Rat, and Norway Rat Infestations

In determining the extent of the potential damage caused by the home infestation, homeowners must first determine the pest causing the problem. This begins by identifying the damage indicators and differences between the various common household pests, which include roof rats, Norway rats and squirrels.

Norway rats are significantly bigger than roof rats, and prefer to dwell in basement or low home areas instead of roofing. They also have smaller, closer-set ears than roof rats. Roof rats tend to be graceful-looking little creatures, with larger floppy ears. They move quickly and discreetly compared with Norway rats. Norway rats tend to cause more damage at the foundation level, causing cracks in piping and other areas. Roof rats will use utility wires and overgrown trees to get access into your attic where they will spend a great deal of time gnawing on electrical wires, pipes and insulation.

The damage caused by squirrels can often be exceptional expensive to repair, as well. And the leading difference to indicate a squirrel infestation as opposed to a rat infestation is the noise. Squirrels tend to prefer roofing areas, as they like dryer spaces in which they can keep warm, surrounded by insulation, for the winter season. Homeowners with infested properties will likely hear squirrels throughout the day as they scamper within their roofing areas. Squirrels will often chew through wood siding, wires and chimney areas, causing significant structural damage.

Protect your home with a proactive stance against infestation and achieve quality rodent control in San Antonio by working with the team at Family Pest Control. The company is now offering a 10% discount on their full selection of rodent traps! To learn more about rodent control, San Antonio residents are encouraged to visit the Family Pest Control website at


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