How to Identify the Signs of Pest Infestation
It is important to look for signs of infestation as soon as possible to prevent more damage to the property and reduce the size of infestation which can be costly if the size is large. It is therefore important that you do a home inspection and these tips will guide you when looking for signs of pest infestation.
Searching for the pests themselves is great way to determine if you have an infestation or not. Pests like rats are good at hiding when they hear you coming but you will notice fleas, ants, and other insects as they continue with their activities.
Pests are likely to leave their droppings everywhere and this is enough evidence that you have an infestation. The type of dropping will enable you to know which kind of pests have been sneaking around your home. Another type of dropping that you may find for insects includes body parts.
Odor is another thing to consider when looking for signs of infestation. Pets carry an unpleasant smell and their droppings also has an odor. Also, this unpleasant smell is brought about when pests like rodents, ants, and beetles take food to their hiding place and leaving it to rot.
Similarly, physical damage to household items such as gnaw marks and holes is a likely indication of an infestation. Look out for damaged wood like furniture as this indicates a termite infestation.
Grease marks or trails can be an indication of rodent infestation since they have a tendency of traveling on the same trail. Besides, pay close attention to any area that has a crawl space including the ceiling to identify any noises as well as crawling sounds.
Here is where to check for signs of pests.
Check every area of your kitchen where you store food particularly the pantry. Pests like rats and rodents are most likely to visit your pantry because they are their sources of food. Pipes provides entry for the pests to find their way into the kitchen.
The attic and the garage also act as home to many pests. It is easy for the pests to access the garage because most of them are designed by leaving some space between the door and the floor. Another reason for hiding in the garage is because it is sheltered, warm and has plenty of things to gnaw on. Finding evidence of infestation in the garage does not mean that they are in your home but is an alarm and you should take the preventive measures to refrain them from reaching your home.
Carefully look at area where you have appliances that provide links to the outside. Consider checking in areas where you don’t use a lot including the laundry rooms, basement and utility rooms.