Any unwanted pest living in your home is an intruder that you need to remove. Pests such as termites, ants, bed bugs, spiders, fleas, and mice are all common household pests, but none of these should be common in your home.
If you have pests, you may have spotted some signs but didn't give them much thought. If you aren't sure what to look for, you may be overlooking an infestation in progress. See below for some signs that you have a pest issue.
Signs Of A Pest Problem
If you've spotted pests (insects) in your home, it doesn't necessarily mean you have an infestation, but if you've spotted a lot of these types of pests, it could be an infestation. For example, if you've noticed one wasp inside, it could have flown inside when you had the door open, but if you have seen several in your home and even found a lot of dead ones in a certain area of your home it could be a problem.
The same goes for other pests as well. One may not be an issue, but several are a cause for concern.
Droppings are a big sign of a pest problem. If you've spotted fecal matter from rodents, you can tell just how big of a problem you have, especially if you've spotted a lot of feces. Take a look around in your kitchen pantry and in cabinets where rodents may be looking for food. Also look beneath sinks in bathrooms and kitchens or near another water source. Rodents aren't just inside looking for food and warmth; they also look for water.
Some insects such as ants may not make a noise, but other pests such as mice, rats, and buzzing insects do make noises. If you have noticed noises in your home such as buzzing behind your drywall, or scratching (which could be anything from rodents to something much larger as in a raccoon or opossum), you could have a problem that may require the help of a professional pets control company.
Listen for these and other unusual sounds in your home. Pay attention to them and don't dismiss them, as it could result in a bigger issue if not taken care of.
Damage to your home can also be a sign of a pest problem. Small holes can indicate a problem with rodents, rotten wood or piles of sawdust can be the result of termites, and other areas of your home can be damaged by carpenter ants and carpenter bees.
Take a look around your home and inspect the wiring, exterior siding, and your foundation walls. Also look inside at your walls, inside cabinets, in your attic, and in your basement for any signs of damage to your home or to the furniture inside your home. If you've spotted some unusual damage, it could be from a pest problem.
Some pests can put off a scent that may make your home smell musty. Roaches, mice/rats, and other pests may put off this scent, or it could be from dead pests inside your home. If you have a problem, you may have noticed this unusual smell when you walk into your home. Have your home inspected by a professional if you've caught a whiff of this scent.
Your home is for you and your family to live, not for intruders such as insects and rodents to live. If you've spotted any signs of pests in your home, call a professional pest control company such as 49er Termite & Pest Control for help diagnosing the problem and coming up with a solution to prevent the problem from getting worse.