It is important to look for signs of infestation as soon as possible to prevent more damage to the property and reduce the size of infestation which can be costly if the size is large. 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. Pests like rats are good at hiding when they hear you coming but you will notice fleas, ants, and other insects as they continue with their activities.
Pests dropping is a sign of pest infestation, therefore; be sure to check for trails of urine and fecal droppings. The kind of droppings you find will assist you to know which type of infestation you have. For insects, the droppings are smaller and it may include things like body parts, wings or discarded skin.
Odor is another thing to consider when looking for signs of infestation. Pets carry an unpleasant smell and their droppings also has an odor. If you have a strange smell in your house, it is likely rotten food that the pests carried to their hiding place.
Similarly, physical damage to household items such as gnaw marks and holes is a likely indication of an infestation. Look out for damaged wood like furniture as this indicates a termite infestation.
Grease marks or trails can be an indication of rodent infestation since they have a tendency of traveling on the same trail. Pests make a lot of noise at night and you, therefore, need to place your ear against the wall and listen for signs that you have pests in your home.
Here is where to check for signs of pests.
Check every area of your kitchen where you store food particularly the pantry. This is because the kitchen has food which the pests may be looking for. The kitchen also has a lot of pipes which the pests use to find their way into the house.
The attic and the garage also act as home to 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. Finding evidence of infestation in the garage does not mean that they are in your home but is an alarm and you should take the preventive measures to refrain them from reaching your home.
Besides, take precautionary measures on pipes and windows on ground floor since they offer link to the outside. Consider checking in areas where you don’t use a lot including the laundry rooms, basement and utility rooms.