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Know Thy Enemy: 8 Pest Infestation Warning Signs

‘Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.’ Sound familiar? Well, better still would be to hire an exterminator to rid your home of these creepy pests once and for all.

It could be that you have a hunch that your house has become home to a host of unwelcome guests. We are the pest control experts. We’re here to tell you what to watch for.

Once you understand the warning signs, you can call on our residential pest control services. We’ll deal with any pest infestation quickly and effectively. Here are eight common warnings signs that something is amiss.

1. Unusual Noises

Many pests may be small and make little sound, but they aren’t completely silent. Bigger pests like mice and rats are usually more active at night. That’s the best time to listen out for them.

Squeaking, scratching or scurrying are all tell-tale signs that you may have unwelcome company. The sounds will come from walls or typically an attic. Wall cavities are the perfect hiding places for rodents.

Piles of shredded paper that you haven’t made could also be a sign of mice. They’ll use this to build a nest.

2. Droppings

Most insects and pests will leave you a nasty clue that they’re around in the form of droppings. If you see unknown droppings in your home, then it’s time to call in a pest control company near you. Mice droppings look like black sesame seeds.

Once droppings build up they’ll get a stronger smell. It’s possible that you may even notice the smell before you even spot the droppings. Mice and rats are a health risk in the home, particularly if there are children around.

If you do spot droppings, check around for other pest or insect signs. This will help you locate any potential nests and the route the pests are using to enter your home.

3. Damaged Clothing

It’s not just moths which can damage your clothes. Ants, rodents, and beetles all can feed or munch their way through fabrics. Watch out for small holes or tears in carpets and drapes too.

Pests can make your fabrics look unsightly. Check for grease or smudges of dirt on your furniture or clothing. If your clothes are looking dirty again before you’ve had a chance to wear them then you may have a bug problem.

4. Rotten Smells Can Indicate a Pest Infestation

It’s not just droppings that can give off an unpleasant odor. Many pests carry food away to eat in a place they feel safe in and where they think they’re less likely to be disturbed.

It may be that they don’t finish all the food and that it then begins to rot. If you think you can smell rotting food but can’t see it, it could be that it’s coming from inside a cavity in the wall.

It could also be that a pest has died and that their body is rotting in the place they’ve been hiding. If you often notice an odd smell and can’t locate the source, it may be that you have a pest infestation somewhere in the home.

5. Check for Trails

Bugs, rodents, and spiders tend to like dark, enclosed and humid places. Check in the corners of rooms, along with the edges of walls and under furnishings. Grease stains, small pieces of food and bits of hair are the tell-tale signs to look for.

Rodents usually use the same routes to get from one place to another. If they rub up against the wall they may well leave marks of grime.

If floors are looking dustier than usual check for trails. You may need to spend time examining things and on several occasions.

6. Damaged Furniture

This can be a real clue. Rodents like to chew their way through anything. It’s a way for them to file down their teeth. Check for bite marks on just about anything from furniture to pipework, and insulation.

Burrows in areas where garbage is kept is another bad sign. You should watch for chewed-up electrical wires too. They’re a firm favorite of both mice and other rodents.

7. Terrible Termites

Termites are very destructive, causing billions of dollars of structural damage a year in the U.S. They love to eat wood and that can cause structural damage. Once they burrow they leave moisture behind and that can harm paintwork.

Piles of Wings

When termites swarm, reproduce and make a new nest, they shed their wings. Catching a termite infestation early is going to save you a great deal of time and cash.

The wings resemble fish scales and are found in piles. Spotting one of these piles doesn’t always mean you have an infestation but will mean they’re living close by.

Disintegrating Wood

You may have noticed that your floors are beginning to feel a bit weak when your tread on them. Perhaps the paint on your walls is bubbling or cracking. All this could mean you already have a serious termite issue.

They’re fond of munching through wooden furniture as well. That can make for unsafe conditions in your home. Always check the wood in your house regularly.

Mud Tubes

The droppings of termites look a bit like sawdust so that’s another sign to watch for. They often build tubes made of mud and dirt. If you see small mud tubes along your outside walls, then it’s time to call in the exterminators.

8. Signs of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are not necessarily a sign that a home is dirty and uncared for. They are literally everywhere. You’ll find them in luxury hotels and the finest homes.

Sometimes the first instance that a bed bug infestation is noticed is when someone gets up in the morning with itchy bites. Although they’re normally painless, the bites can turn into irritating welts.

Bed Bugs inject an anti-coagulant when they feed off humans. That along with their saliva causes the itchiness.

Call the Experts

If you suspect you have a pest infestation, then you should get in touch with an exterminator straight away. We cover the Jackson Metro area. We offer cutting-edge pest control and extermination services with no long-term agreements.

Check out our residential services here. We can help to dramatically reduce the number of mosquitos living in your garden too and treat your home against ants.

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