Your home is meant to be your sanctuary, the place you feel relaxed and comfortable. It is a place that should be warm and welcoming to family and friends, and you do your best to keep it in great shape. So, what happens if you notice that you may not be the only one living in your home and that pests might have invaded?
Pests in the home is not only be frustrating but they can cause extensive damage, carry disease, they bite, sting, and pinch, and even cause health issues for those with asthma and allergies. Because sharing your home with pests is not an option, we have put together a list of key signs to watch for that will let you know that there are pests in your home.
One of the most tell-tale signs of an infestation is finding pest droppings. Not only will the pest droppings inform you that there is an infestation, it will also tell you what kind of pests that you are dealing with. If there are a lot of droppings, then there is a good chance you are dealing with a rather large infestation problem.
Look for droppings along the perimeter of rooms, at the baseboards, in cupboards, the basement/cellar, and under the sinks.
Finding Dead Bugs in Your Home
While finding a dead bug here and there is nothing to worry about, if you find there is suddenly an increase in the amount of bugs you find, and around the same time, then this is another warning sign. These dead bugs will also tell you what kind of infestation that you are dealing with.
This is a big tip-off as far as signs to watch for, and because different pests make different types and sizes of nests, this sign can be very telling. If you have got a mice or rat problem, then they tend to make nests out of anything they can possibly find, which can create quite the mess in your home.
Food Has Been Picked At, and Even Eaten
Are there signs of tampering, chewing, and missing food in your kitchen? If so, there is a good chance that you have pests and they have found a food source. Pantries are typically a favorite spot for pests to visit and can be ransacked in a few short hours.
In order to make your food less enticing, package things in airtight containers so that the pests cannot get into them. This also means that the scent will be sealed in, so as not to attract the pests in the first place.
Hearing Unexpected Sounds
Another common sign is one that is much more blatant. If you are hearing scratching, rustling, and chewing sounds coming from your roof or walls, then it is time to check it out. These sounds can happen during the day or night depending on the pests that you have.
Electrical Fixtures Stop Working
Here is a sign that is much scarier and should not be ignored. Because many pests love to chew, they can end up chewing on things such as the electrical wiring in your home. If you have electrical fixtures, lights, and appliances that suddenly stop working for no apparent reason, then a pest could be to blame. Not only will you want to find out if you have got a pest problem, you will need to get your wiring inspected, or fixed, immediately as it poses a fire hazard.
Call in the Professionals
If at the end of the day you are still not sure that you have pests or not, it is best to just leave it to the professionals. You can find a local pest control company that will come in and inspect your home. They will be able to properly get rid of the pests, taking all the responsibility off you.
Give Those Pests the Boot
Allowing pests to live in your home is never a good idea. As mentioned, they can lead to all kinds of expensive, and sometimes dangerous, destruction. As well, these pests can cause serious health issues. By using this list of signs that you can be watching for, you will be able to catch the infestation before it gets too out of hand.
Lynton Paddick specializes in pest control and bought into the Jim’s Pest Control franchise. He works on providing premium pest control services for clients and is a well trusted member of the community. Outside of work he walks the family dogs, goes for bike rides with the family, and enjoys life.