If you’re like a lot of people, the thought of an insect or rodent infestation in your home is enough to make your skin crawl. Because of this, pest control is important if your goal is to never, ever have to deal with these creatures. But if you’ve been a little lacking in that department lately, or feel that you may have an infestation in spite of your pest control efforts, there are a few things you can keep an eye out for to confirm or relieve your fears. If you’re planning on doing a mini-pest-inspection, DIY style, of your home, here’s what you should be looking for.
If you have a rodent problem in your home, there’s a huge chance you will see the signs clearly. Rodents tend to leave their droppings wherever they happen to be at the moment, so this may be one of your first signs that you have an infestation. Unfortunately these droppings can be incredibly dangerous to your health. In fact, rat feces has been associated with dozens of diseases that can be passed along to humans. If you see any rodent droppings in your home, even if you can’t aren’t exactly sure what type of rodent they may be from, don’t clean up until you are wearing the proper protective gear. If you’ve come across quite a big amount, it’s best to call in a professional pest control company and leave the cleaning job to them, just to be safe.
Both rodents and insects can cause quite a bit of damage when left to their own devices. If you are seeing any new damage in your home that you don’t remember causing, there’s a good chance a pest is to blame. Rats gnaw on everything in their path, so marks on walls, severed electrical wires, and items that have teeth marks may be a sign of a rat infestation. Food packages that have holes in them could mean either a rodent or insect issue. Markings that look like water damage or splitting wood are often a sign of a termite infestation. If you’ve noticed any damage in your home that wasn’t there a short time ago, and you’re not sure where it’s come from, contact a pest control company in your area to come out for an actual inspection.
If a rodent has died in your home, your nose will probably be the first to pick it up, unfortunately. The smell of a decomposing rodent is obvious, and can be an indication of either one stray rodent that made it’s way into your home somehow, or a huge infestation. With insects, you may begin finding their dead bodies lying about your home in just about any area. Often times, windowsills, corners, and inside cabinets are common areas for bodies to pile up. If you’ve seen more than just a stray dead bug here or there, you may just have a true pest problem on your hands.