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.
One of the obvious way to know if you have an infestation is by identify active pests. However, it is difficult to come across a rodent than it is to find insects since rodents tend to hide when they hear someone coming into the room.
Another great way to find out whether your house is infested is the availability of pests droppings. The kind of droppings you find will assist you to know which type of infestation you have. Another type of dropping that you may find for insects includes body parts.
Odor is another thing to consider when looking for signs of infestation. All pests produce different smells which can be unpleasant including their droppings. 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. Also, if you see arks or damages on any wooden fixtures, you need to contact a professional since it is an indicator of termite infestation.
Pests particularly rodents like to follow a specific route thus leaving trails of grease as they move around. Besides, pay close attention to any area that has a crawl space including the ceiling to identify any noises as well as crawling sounds.
Here is where to check 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. Keep watch on pipes since they provide entry points for the pests to reach the kitchen.
Although garages are out of the house, they are good hiding places for many pests. They find it easy to access the garage because there is a huge gap between it and the floor. Additionally, pests like the garage because of the availability of things to nibble on and it has a warm environment. If you find signs of pests in your garage, take measures like sealing all the gaps so that they don’t go past that area.
Carefully look at area where you have appliances that provide links to the outside. Finally, check areas that are hardy inhabited including basement areas, laundry and utility rooms since they have a warm environment that pests like to settle in.