What are some of the Indicators of a Pest Infestation
Having a pest infestation in your home is very dangerous since some of the pests leave droppings that can be harmful to human health. It is therefore important that you do a home inspection and these tips will guide you when looking for signs of pest infestation.
The best way to identify if you have an infestation is to see the pests themselves. However, it is difficult to come across a rodent than it is to find insects since rodents tend to hide when they hear someone coming into the room.
Pests dropping is a sign of pest infestation, therefore; be sure to check for trails of urine and fecal droppings. Do a thorough examination on the droppings to know which kind of pest you are dealing with. Apart from fecal droppings, you are likely to find other droppings like wings and exoskeletons for insects.
Odd smell is another indicator that you might have an infestation. Pets carry an unpleasant smell and their droppings also has an odor. If you have a strange smell in your house, it is likely rotten food that the pests carried to their hiding place.
Fabric damage and presence of holes in or gnaw marks on fixtures is also an sign that you have an infestation. Similarly, damaged furniture is a good sign that you have a termite infestation.
Pests particularly rodents like to follow a specific route thus leaving trails of grease as they move around. Pests make a lot of noise at night and you, therefore, need to place your ear against the wall and listen for signs that you have pests in your home.
Here is where to check for signs of pests.
One of the crucial places to look for signs of pest is in the kitchen. Signs of infestation are more apparent in the food cabinets and dirty dishes. The kitchen also has a lot of pipes which the pests use to find their way into the house.
Another area where infestation is most likely to take place in the garage. Pets like the garage because unlike a home, it provides room for them to slip through. Another reason for hiding in the garage is because it is sheltered, warm and has plenty of things to gnaw on. If you find signs of pests in your garage, take measures like sealing all the gaps so that they don’t go past that area.
Carefully look at area where you have appliances that provide links to the outside. Also, examine areas that are warm and easy for pests to access such as laundry areas, the basement and the utility room.