No one wants to believe that their home is also a home to pests. The good news is that if you know what to look for, you can catch a pest infestation before it gets out of hand. Animal Pest Management presents some of the tell tale signs of a pest infestation in your home or business.
Insect, Spider, Mouse & Other Pest Droppings
The most obvious sign that you are dealing with pests is the droppings they will leave behind. Droppings are usually found in hidden areas, under appliances, in cupboards, or behind boxes. Do not clean droppings that you discover. Not only is it gross, droppings can contain diseases that can be passed on to you. Contact professional pest control to determine which pest produced the droppings and to remove them.
Pest Property Damage
Another sign of pests in your home is damaged items, more so in the kitchen and pantry. Look for packages that are scratched, torn, spilled, or damaged in any way. Pests will enter your home looking for food and most of them will end up in your kitchen. Throw damaged items away as soon as you discover them and store food in containers with a tight seal to prevent future problems.
Nests or materials used for nests. Pests will also enter your home in search of shelter. If they decide to stay awhile, they will create a nest or look for items in your home they can use to create one. These items can include shredded paper, fabric, insulation, twigs, leaves, etc. If you see piles of these items or a nest itself, call in the professionals.
Termites and carpenter ants will leave small piles of sawdust around your home. These piles can be found anywhere but are more common near windowsills and baseboards. Larger pests will dig holes, leaves scratch marks behind. You may even notice loose trim, warping wood, or sagging floors.
5 Common House Bugs & Pests Found in Southern California
Ants. The problem with ants is that when you find one, you tend to find a lot of them. Even the cleanest of homes can experience an infestation.
Termites. Termites are capable of causing a lot of damage to your home. Therefore, they need to be dealt with immediately by professionals that are trained to deal with them.
Cockroaches. Roaches are serious pests that you don’t want in your home. They can cause health problems, are extremely resilient and very hard to kill. Call expert pest control for help.
Rodents. Rodents can also carry disease. They are also stubborn and hard to deal with. The faster you get rid of them, the better.
Spiders. Even though most spiders are relatively harmless, you probably don’t want to live with them. California is home to the black widow spider that can have a dangerous bite.