Signs of Pest Infestations p.2

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In continuation from our previous post, here are more RED FLAGS of a potential pest infestation!

  • Odd smells and sounds: Bed bugs have a sweet, musty odor. Mice give off a musty, urine smell. Rats smell like ammonia. Roaches are said to smell like oil or bad soy sauce. If you notice these smells, you know to take a closer look around the property. Also, keep an ear out for the sounds of rat and mice feet scurrying across the floors of your home.
  • Holes and chew markings: Small holes are straight giveaways for pest infestations. Holes on walls, on floors, or really anywhere on your property are a warning sign. Rats and mice are huge gnawers and will gnaw on almost anything.
  • Path marks and tracks: Rats and mice are creatures of habit. They tend to travel along the same pathways and trails. Droppings, urine trails, and footprints will reveal if you have a rodent problem.
  • Signs of termites: A termite infestation is the WORST, so the earlier you act, the better. Termites feast on wood that causes structural damage to buildings and furniture. Visible holes, sagging floors, and wood that sounds hollow when knocked upon. Also, termites shed their wings, so if you see them as well as little dropping pellets, give American Pest Control a call right away!
  • Former Complaints: If at all possible, try to contact the former owners or tenants of your new home to ask about the history of pest problems, if any. ┬áNeighbors may also be a source for finding out this information.

Signs of Pest Infestations p.1

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Whether you’ve lived in your home for over 20 years or you are in the market for a new home, it is important to know the signs of possible pest infestation. Here are the tips you need to identify if your home or potential home has a pest problem!

  • Active pests: Obviously, if you see any type of pest in your home, you should call American Pest Control immediately for an evaluation. However, you may not know what some pests look like. Prepare yourself my becoming familiar with what common pests look like so if you see one… you’ll know what to do. Make sure to check bathrooms and kitchens, especially in any nooks and crannies.
  • Dead bugs indoors: If you see dead bugs indoors, try to note what they are. A sign of an infestation are multiple dead bugs of the same kind.
  • Pest droppings: This is another one of those things that you have to do a bit of research for. It is gross but go ahead and look up different house pest droppings and what they look like. Knowing this information can help you determine if you need to seek professional help.
  • Nests: Rats and mice are nesters. They will use whatever they find to build their nest. Keep an eye out for bunches of shredded paper or other material in corners and under things.
  • Pest Control Products: This one is for those of you who are looking for a new home. If you are at a viewing, check under sinks and in the garage to see if there are a lot of pesticides and other pest control products. This is a sure indication that there is an infestation somewhere on the property.