Pest damage can lead to thousands of dollars of damage, especially if it goes uncontrolled on a property. Identifying the need for pest control services quickly is a good way to protect property and health. You need to know how to determine if there is a problem, though. These six tips will point you in the right direction.
Wood Chips of Sawdust
Many bests chew through or burrow into wood. Mice will gnaw holes to create access points. Some insects will even eat the wood. If there are unexplained collections of wood chips or sawdust on the property, there is some kind of pest control issue.
The same behavior also leads to damage to other parts of the property. Pests can gnaw on everything from furniture to insulation. Worse, they can chew things like electrical wires that can become hazards once they're exposed. If you can determine what else could have caused the damage, it's wise to consult with a pest control services technician.
Pests also frequently leave behind odors. Urine is a common odor. It tends to smell of ammonia. Decaying materials from pests' caches or even their corpses may produce odors, too.
Similarly, some odors can attract pests. For example, cockroaches follow mold smells because mold favors the same habitats that the roaches do. Notably, you may have to hire a separate contractor to solve the mold problem once the pest control technician handles the roaches.
Tracks frequently follow pests. Some insects have greasy bodies that can produce trails. Also, pests can track water and mud from outside into the building. If you don't know where else the tracks originate, you may have a pest control situation.
Food Contamination or Damage
Pests often seek human habitations because people store food in them. You might notice that a mouse has chewed the corner of your pancake mix, for example. Pests also may leave behind droppings in the food or around the storage areas.
Some pests are noisy. For example, wood-boring bee species often live in just pairs but make loud buzzing noises to ward off would-be predators. You may hear tumbling or clacking noises as a squirrel decides to turn your home's walls into a silo for collected nuts. Many rodents produce scurrying sounds as they move around a building's walls and ceilings. If you hear chirping or tweeting, a bird may be raising its young inside your home's walls.
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7 June 2023
Do you spend your spring and summer months battling the pests that enter your home? There are many ways to prevent the intrusion of ants, roaches, flies, mosquitoes, mice and other pests in your home. I own several rental properties that I have to be sure do not get infested with all sorts of pests and have learned a lot about preventing the intrusion to begin with. You can learn from my personal experiences and keep the pests from ever becoming a serious issue in your home. With a few minor changes to the home and working with a skilled pest control agent, your home can be pest-free forever!