Tips to Help you Identify Whether You Have an 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.
Searching for the pests themselves is great way to determine if you have an infestation or not. Pests like rodents are good at hiding as opposed to insects, hence; be sure to check in all the places.
Pests are likely to leave their droppings everywhere and this is enough evidence that you have an infestation. The kind of droppings you find will assist you to know which type of infestation you have. Another type of dropping that you may find for insects includes body parts.
Pests have a certain recognizable smell which can be a sign of an infestation. Pets carry an unpleasant smell and their droppings also has an odor. Some pests like ants and rodents carry food to secluded areas and they don’t finish it causing it to rot and produce a stench smell.
Similarly, physical damage to household items such as gnaw marks and holes is a likely indication of an infestation. Similarly, damaged furniture is a good sign that you have a termite infestation.
Also, look for trails of grease on the walls where rodents may have rubbed their bodies when moving about. Besides, pay close attention to any area that has a crawl space including the ceiling to identify any noises as well as crawling sounds.
The following are parts of your home that you should inspect for signs of pests.
One of the crucial places to look for signs of pest is in the kitchen. Pests like rats and rodents are most likely to visit your pantry because they are their sources of food. Keep watch on pipes since they provide entry points for the pests to reach the kitchen.
Although garages are out of the house, they are good hiding places for many pests. They find it easy to access the garage because there is a huge gap between it 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.
Besides, take precautionary measures on pipes and windows on ground floor since they offer link 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.