Pest infestations can severely impact your lifestyle, causing discomfort, stress, and unwanted expenses. Therefore, when house hunting, it's essential to prevent avoid a house that is infested. Here are ten tell-tale signs that a house has a pest infestation.
1. Signs of Nesting and Breeding Grounds
If you spot traces of nesting within your home, that is an apparent cause of alarm. At most, your unexpected visitor is in the process of getting cozy if not entirely settled. Hives, nests and ant holes should be dealt with immediately as they can invite more pests to breed.
Furthermore, having a hive nearby can prevent you from carrying out your daily activities and threatens the safety of children and adults around. More so, it would be bad for people with allergic reactions to accidentally get stung due to the potential threat of insect swarms lingering around. To prevent any injuries or household damage, call J.P.'s Termite & Pest Control Inc. for professional pest extermination services.
2. Property Damage
Most property damage is often caused by one notorious pest, the termite. If you notice significant destruction to your furniture, stools, cabinets, floors, walls, or posts, that is a clear indication of a pest infestation, specifically wood termites. On the other hand, clothes and fabric deterioration can be directly correlated to moths and silverfish as these insects tend to gnaw on fabric. If not dealt with, the damage will only intensify leading to extensive home repairs.
3. You Notice Lots of Droppings
Any trace of droppings shows a sign of animal or insect life within a home. Often than not, the droppings are dark-colored, so it's not hard to notice. The size and shape can vary depending on the organism responsible. Common pests which leave trails of poo include:
4. Holes, Bites or Claw Marks
A sign of holes within a property is a clear indication of pest infestation but to a small degree. This can often be ants, termites, or silverfish. On the contrary, chew or scratch marks are a more pressing concern. Rodents like rats and mice are notorious for leaving such traces within a household.
Rats are disease carriers; hence, lying around can prove detrimental, especially when your food or water supply gets contaminated. Furthermore, they may find their way to electric cables leaving exposed wiring. Thus, it's essential to deal with the problem before your electricals get damaged.
5. Dead Bugs and Shells
Little carcasses and odd shells are an indicator of bug activity. Commonly, you may spot a pile of dead ants, wings, and insect parts on the ground. Window ledges, corners, and kitchen floors are common spots to find such signs as most insects are active around areas with food sources such as sugars.
6. Ant Trails
Ants travel in troops, especially when carrying food to their nesting ground. This can be spotted in the kitchen or dining area where food particles and residue are left uncleaned. When one ant appears, a colony soon emerges; therefore, it's imperative to take action as soon as possible.
7. Foul or Funky Odors
Odors are commonly associated with the chemical found in animal droppings and urine. Strong smells link to rats as their urine emits a lingering stench, which takes several days to weeks to clear. Any house with a weird whiff should be scrapped as infested.
8. Fur Patches
When a house is infested with rodents, aside from the noise or droppings, small patches of black, brown, white, or grey fur around common rooms, especially in the kitchen, give a dead giveaway of rat activity.
Rodents periodically drop fur as it grows. Some gnaw it off through fights; others get stuck and rip it off. However, one thing is for sure you need to consult a professional immediately.
9. Shrieking, Claw Sounds, or Squeaking
Pests such as mice emit high-frequency sounds as they communicate. Furthermore, distinctive claw sounds can be heard when they move about from room to room. Hearing these sounds or any disturbances in your attic, basement, or home is an indicator of a rat infestation.
10. Sawdust Piles
Traces of sawdust, debris, or powder near wooden surfaces such as walls, floors, or corners are signs of a termite infestation or wood-eating pests like beetles and carpenter bees. This can weaken the structural integrity of your objects, reducing their lifespan. Call J.P.'s Termite & Pest Control at 863-581-2104 for immediate termite infestation relief.
A pest infested house can prove detrimental to your health. With these ten signs listed, you can accurately depict and avoid infested homes on your house hunting quest. If you need help with pest control or termite control in Polk County, feel free to give us a call at 863-581-2104 or request pricing online using this form here.
In 1999, I decided to start my own pest control business so I could have more flexibility in order to be involved in my sons' sporting activities (and to be able to fish when I wanted to). Twenty years later, I'm proud to have my sons working with me helping grow the company!