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. Here are step by step tips to help you notice the signs of an infestation so that you can seek professional help earlier.
One of the obvious way to know if you have an infestation is by identify active pests. Pests like rodents are good at hiding as opposed to insects, hence; be sure to check in all the places.
Pests dropping is a sign of pest infestation, therefore; be sure to check for trails of urine and fecal droppings. 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.
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, pests make a lot of noise at night because they are most active; therefore listen carefully for these noises.
The following are parts of your home that you should inspect for signs of pests.
Check every area of your kitchen where you store food particularly the pantry. This is because the kitchen has food which the pests may be looking for. 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. They find it easy to access the garage because there is a huge gap between it and the floor. Additionally, pests like the garage because of the availability of things to nibble on and it has a warm environment. 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.