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.
The best way to identify if you have an infestation is to see the pests themselves. 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. Apart from fecal droppings, you are likely to find other droppings like wings and exoskeletons for insects.
Pests have a certain recognizable smell which can be a sign of an infestation. Mice have a musty odor which smells like urine while cockroaches are said to have an oily smell. 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.
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.
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.
Consider doing a thorough inspection in your kitchen for signs of infestation. Pests like rats and rodents are most likely to visit your pantry because they are their sources of food. The kitchen also has a lot of pipes which the pests use to find their way into the house.
Although garages are out of the house, they are good hiding places for many pests. It is easy for the pests to access the garage because most of them are designed by leaving some space between the door 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.
Besides, take precautionary measures on pipes and windows on ground floor since they offer link to the outside. Consider checking in areas where you don’t use a lot including the laundry rooms, basement and utility rooms.