How to identify the signs of a pest infestation in your home
We all know how stressful and annoying a pest infestation can be. So it is good to know how to identify signs of a pest infestation in your home. Rats will chew your cables, your walls might be full of holes. The pain just increases, day by day, and by the time you realise that there is an issue, the infestation is now at critical levels, the damage is in the thousands, maybe tens of thousands and pest control will take days to get rid of all those nasty critters.
Identifying early signs of an infestation is an exceptionally good way to keep costs low. Sometimes, a keen eye can really avoid a lot of trouble.
Five signs of an infestation
If you spot one or more of the following, make sure to give us a call for our highly efficient pest solutions.
Check places where pests are likely to be, such as the attic, tiny spaces, areas behind large furniture, etc.. and look for any sort of faecal or urine traces. Rodents’ droppings are conical in shape, while insect droppings are minuscule, and you might want to examine a little bit more. Droppings from the smallest of pests such as bed bugs can be almost invisible to the human eye, so we suggest using a magnifying glass of some sort to fully inspect the situation. For a thorough examination, explore all those crawl spaces as well as all bedding, floors, walls and even through potential gaps in the furniture.
Damage to structure
Fairly obvious but worth mentioning, check the integrity of your walls for signs of a pest infestation. Holes and gnaw mark might be the product of rat mischief. Damaged wood and holes furniture might probably be caused by woodworm. Floors may present scratch marks, cables may be chewed: These are all sign of a mouse infestation. Finally, also check grease marks (smear) and dust: Infestations tend to produce a build-up of grease or dust in the hard to reach areas.
Strange, nasty smells
Some infestations may give off peculiar smells. Roaches have an oily odour similar to soy sauce, and rats have a pungent odour of ammonia from their urine. You must avoid the smell of garbage at all cost in your house, as this will be an invitation to more pests that will make it worse.
Damage to plants
It might be worth having a look outside your house and inspect the green: We are talking about grass blades, garden plants or small plants. Uneven grass, dead brown patches or holes through the leaves could all be a forewarning to a large infestation.
Evidence of nesting
Nests can appear where rodents have taken residence. Scrap material such as fabric or paper is a favourite, so be on the lookout for these types of nesting in spaces such as the attic, between walls or even underneath the flooring. If you were to find one in your home, it’s pretty much a guarantee of a rodent infestation.
Infestations can be a real pain. Fortunately, we provide the right pest solutions. Contact us today.