Review: What Pest Is That? Summary of Pest Signs
Pest control can be an expensive affair in terms of money, time and effort. But even so, this cost pales in comparison to the cost you will incur for not identifying and acting on the problem on time. This is because pests multiply quickly. If you leave them to their own devices for a moment too long, they will completely overrun your house making control more difficult and property damage to increase significantly.
Pests nibble, scratch, break and contaminate anything within sight, which isn’t good for you as a homeowner. It is, therefore, important to identify and deal with these intruders on time before they get out of hand. This is, however, easier said than done. You might, in fact, be sitting smack in the middle of a developing infestation and not even realise it.
Pests are sly beings. They stay hidden in the dark until all is quiet and no one is around, then they come out to do their business. This is what makes catching a pest “red-handed” so difficult. All is not lost though as there are small obscure signs that you could look out for to catch pest infestations before they take root. But before we get to the signs, you’ll need to know where to look for them.
Areas to check for pest signs
Although you should regularly check the whole house for pest infestation signs, there are a few high-risk areas that you should check more often than the rest. These are:
- The kitchen. Food means trouble when pests are concerned. This combined with numerous potential entry points – created by vents and pipes going into the kitchen – create a good place for pests to build their homes. Infestations that start from other areas in the house will also quickly spread here as pests are generally attracted to food.
- Low traffic areas. Areas in the house that are less frequented by human traffic are especially prone to pests as they provide ideal places for them to settle. They are even more prone if they have links to the outside such as pipes, vents or ground level windows. Make sure you regularly check your pantry, attic, utility rooms and basement for pest signs. Don’t forget to also check behind big appliances such as washing machines and fridges.
- The garage. This is often ground zero for most pest infestations. Because of the garages easy access, partly due to large gaps under some garage doors, most pests will gain entry here. Luckily, the garage has minimal health and contamination risk thanks to the non-sensitive activities taking place there. Finding pest signs here should not be a cause for alarm but measures should be taken to prevent the pests from spreading.
Pest signs you should look out for
You now know where to look, so let’s move on to what you should look for. Here are some of the signs associated with common UK pests.
- Active pests. The obvious is often forgotten, so let’s put this one in here for good measure. If you see a pest wandering inside your house, we suggest taking a quick snap of it and then doing some research to identify it. Especially check in the areas mentioned above as there is a higher likelihood of getting the pests there than anywhere else.
- Dead bugs. If you find dead bugs inside your house, then you probably have an infestation problem that you should deal with.
- Pest droppings. This is classic evidence of a pest infestation. While it might be a bit irking, do some research on the different kinds of pest droppings as this will help you identify the pest correctly. Also, check for roach cases which will help you identify cockroach infestations.
- Nests. Some pests such as rats and mice build nests using available materials. Use a flashlight to search for the nests in tight places and less frequented areas such as basements and attics.
- Sounds. Pests don’t usually make a lot of noise, but once in a while they will. Listen keenly at night when all is quiet and pets are very active. A good idea would be to put your ear on the wall to listen for noise coming from within the wall cavity which is another common hiding place for pests.
- Smell. Pay close attention to the smell when checking around the house for pests. If you detect some offensive musty odour, be sure to look for the source as it could lead you to a pest hide out.
- Damaged items. All pests damage items, some more than others. Larger pests such as rodents will cause more significant damage as compared to smaller pests such as insects. Check for signs of gnawing (rodent bites) on insulation, plastic, clothes and wires.
- Holes in the wall. Rodents are almost always to blame for holes bored in a wall. Be on the lookout for this as it could point to rodents living within your walls.
- Grease marks and tracks. Rodents are creatures of habit and will usually travel on the same path every day. They will, therefore, leave track marks behind that you can check for. Also, be on the lookout for grease marks on the walls as rats prefer to move along them.
- Dried blood spots. Once bed bugs have had their meal, the blood passes through their system and is excreted as a dark substance that once dry looks like dried blood. From a distance, these marks could look as if they were made with a marker tip. Check the mattress seams, bedding and the box springs for spots. This marks will often be accompanied by a sweet offensive smell produced by the bug’s scent glands.
If you observe any of these signs in your house, you should move quickly to identify the pest and then remedy the problem before matters get out of hand. At Pestrol, we provide quality pest control solutions to help you arrest pest infestations before they develop.