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How to Identify Signs of a Pest Infestation in Your Home or Business

One of the best ways to safeguard your home or business is to be able to detect any pest infestation signs and take action to stop it from spreading. This way, you can take proactive measures and stop the infestation from taking hold.

Many pests, particularly rodents, prefer dark and enclosed spaces like the attic or basement. When inspecting your home or business for signs of infestation, look in corners, under furniture, and along the edges of walls. Let’s look at some of the ways to spot the signs of a pest infestation.

Spotting Signs of a Pest Infestation

Bugs

There are many ways to detect signs of pest infestation in your home or business. Being able to recognize these warning signs can save you from costly property damage and health complications.

Bugs often hide in dark and obscure places, so it’s essential to check your property for droppings that can help identify if there’s a pest problem.

In addition to droppings, you can look for other signs that pests have invaded your space. These include odors, nesting patterns, and tracks.

Rodents

Rats can be a real problem in your home or business, wreaking havoc with property and spreading diseases, contaminating food, and creating fire hazards.

The initial indication of a rodent infestation is the discovery of mouse and rat droppings in your home or business. These droppings typically measure less than 1/8 inch long with pointed ends and a grain-like texture.

Gnawed holes, about the size of a quarter, are another telltale sign of rats. These holes indicate that rodents have chewed through wires, cardboard boxes, and wooden items to create nesting materials.

Rodents can wreak considerable structural damage to your home or business, particularly in basements and attics. They will dig extensive tunnels for food and shelter, leading to extensive destruction in the process.

Insects

Pests may try to hide, but their presence can still be detected. Look for dirty or grimy walls, smeared droppings, and bite marks on paper or fabric.

Termites and ants often build their nests inside walls, while larger pests will ‘borrow’ materials for construction such as insulation.

Mice and rats often make scratching, gnawing, or scurrying noises when you are sleeping, especially at night.

An infestation may also be identified by unusual smells or sounds, such as urine and ammonia odors that rodents emit.

The smell of rotting food is another warning sign of an infestation. Ants and beetles will carry off food to a safe haven, so when you detect the aroma of decaying fruit or vegetables it could be indicative of their entry point into your home.

There are many ways to spot a pest infestation. Sometimes, it can be difficult to see the signs. The best way to make sure you can keep your home or business free of pests is with regular treatments. The right pest control services will ensure you don’t have to worry about bugs, rodents, insects, or other pests getting in and destroying your things.