Are you worried about creepy crawly visitors in your home? An insect infestation can happen to anyone, but that's not very comforting when you find bugs crawling around your home. Knowing what to look for can help you spot a pest problem early before the invaders take over your home.
Some signs of an insect infestation can be pest-specific, but others are more general in nature or apply to most bugs. If you see some of these general signs of a pest infestation, dig a little deeper to figure out exactly what's bugging your house. Some common signs of pests include:
Pests typically enter your home for food and shelter. You might notice chew marks on food packaging, furniture or walls if you have pests in your home.
Many pests give off various odors. Musty smells can be a sign of pests in your home.
Insect droppings are often small, but some types leave visible droppings. Rodent infestations are often more noticeable with this sign because their droppings are usually larger.
Rodents are the easiest to hear scurrying in the walls. You can sometimes hear insects as well, especially cockroaches running across your floors at night or large numbers of bugs in your walls.
Seeing bugs in your home is a definite sign of an issue. It's not always easy to tell how big the pest problem is if you only see one or two bugs. There could be a lot more hiding in your home. If you see live or dead insects, take that as your sign to call an exterminator for help.
Some pests are easy to spot. Ants often make themselves known by marching right across your floor in search of food. Spiders often crawl along walls and weave webs out in the open. Some pests can be a little more secretive, but they often give little clues about their presence. If you want to know specifically what kind of pests you're dealing with, look for these signs.
Spotting termites quickly is essential because they can be very destructive. If they go undetected long enough, they can cause major structural damage to your home. Some signs of termites include:
Another pest that's difficult to exterminate is the bedbug. As the name suggests, they like to spend their time in beds and feed on blood. Bedbugs have an oval shape and brown coloring. To tell if you have bedbugs, look for these signs:
Cockroaches like dark, damp areas, which makes under-sink areas and behind appliances popular spots for them. They eat just about anything, from food you leave out to wallpaper paste. Cockroaches are nocturnal, so your best chance of a sighting is at night. However, you can spot signs of cockroaches during the day, including:
You might be able to handle a minor insect infestation yourself, depending on the type of insect. For instance, an ant infestation might be manageable with ant poison. Some ways to deal with pest infestations include:
More extensive infestations are better left to the professionals. They understand what works and can ensure they handle the problem correctly. They can also offer ongoing treatment to prevent new infestations. Some infestations, including termites and bedbugs, should always be handled by a pest control company. They're too difficult to get rid of with DIY methods. Professional-strength options that only licensed exterminators can use are often necessary.