Got that lingering feeling that you’re not alone at home? We know what you mean.
Pest infestations are fairly common in households and establishments all over the world. You may not necessarily see the pests yourselves, but luckily, they leave behind clues.
If you feel like you’ve recently been victimized by pests, confirm your suspicions by looking out for any of these signs.
Chances are you’ll smell them before you even see them.
If you get a whiff of rotting food, but can’t seem to locate it, a pest may have whisked away some food into your walls or floorboards and left it to rot. The pest may also have met its untimely death in hidden nooks and crannies.
But if you smell something more organic, your pest may have already claimed your house as their toilet.
2. Fresh Droppings
Speaking of nature’s call, if you see fresh droppings around your house, then you definitely have a pest problem. Here’s how to identify what pest you have residing in your home:
If you’ve been hearing scuttling, scratching, or digging sounds from behind the walls or under the floorboards, then chances are you’ve got a little visitor running around.
4. Dead insects
If you’ve been seeing way too many dead ants or roaches, then it’s time to call in an expert. Be sure to also check your basements, dark and hard-to-reach corners and cabinets, and basements for any dead insects. If you spot quite a number, then they most likely reside on your property.
5. Bite marks and nibbling
Have you been finding bite marks or nibbles on food packages in your pantry? Unfortunately, this means rodents or roaches may have found their way to your food supply.
Check any place you store food and inspect your supplies for any teeth marks or holes at the bottom or sides.
6. Fabric damage
Aside from moths, rodents, bugs, and beetles are also notorious for chewing through thin fabrics. Check your clothes, curtains, carpets, and furniture for any signs of tearing or biting.
Pests can also leave your clothes looking grimy and dirty, especially boxed-up clothes in the attic. If you notice any yellowish or brown marks on your clothes, have it washed immediately before the damage settles in.
7. Piles of sawdust
If you’ve noticed piles of sawdust around your home, this could indicate the presence of a carpenter ant or termite colony.
They could also be chewing into the wooden frames or furniture in your house, so conduct routine check-ups on any wooden furniture you have at home.
8. Grimy wall or floor marks
Pests such as rodents, beetles, and spiders tend to reside in dark, humid, closed areas, so they’re mostly likely to be in your attic or basement. If you find grease marks, dirt tracks, fresh droppings, and discarded body parts, then you most probably have pests on your property.
Be sure to also check under furniture, along wall corners, window frames, and hard-to-reach areas of your house.
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