5 Signs You Have Pests (and What to Do About It)
Pests leave evidence of themselves in the walls, on the floors, in the pantry and in areas where they spend time. Cape May homeowners who recognize the signs of pest infestation can treat the problem quickly before it becomes unmanageable. If you're interested in buying a home, a home inspection that involves checking for signs of pest damage should be included in your process. If you're a homeowner who would like to keep your home pest-free, here's what you need to know about pest infestation.
1. Sounds in the Night
Pests often make noise, and many of them are active at night. Mice and rats will chew on things in the darkness, making biting noises. Larger animals living in the attic can be heard running back and forth over the ceiling of the rooms below. Animals that live in the walls make scurrying noises, and some animals will chew holes through the wall, which makes its own loud noise.
Even large insects, like certain cockroaches, can be heard when walking over paper or plastic bags that may have fallen behind furniture. Not all pests make noise that humans can hear, but if unexplained sounds can be heard in the home, this is often an indication that a pest is living in the house.
2. Visual Confirmation
Pest sightings can be upsetting. It's said that for every cockroach seen, there are 10 more in the walls. In fact, some experts believe that for every cockroach seen, there could be as many as 1,000 more in the walls. Still, it's important to remember that not all pest sightings are an indication of a serious problem.
Especially in rural areas, insects and even mice will occasionally stray into the house. Seeing one bug or one rodent does not necessarily indicate the home is infested. An infestation is more likely when visual sightings are paired with other signs, like physical damage or sounds in the night.
3. Inexplicable Damage
Many pests will do damage to the home's structure or to objects inside the house. Some will eat through walls, while others will eat through cardboard boxes to get to food. Homeowners who find damage to their home or property should be suspicious that it could be a pest. Look for:
- Chewed leaves on plants
- Holes in the walls
- Jagged holes in food boxes
- Garbage bags torn in the trash
- Extra grocery bags shredded
Pests usually do damage in order to access food, harvest nesting materials, or to gain easy access from one part of the house to the other.
Droppings are a disturbing sign that a home has pests. Typically, droppings will be found on the floor or in areas where the pests frequently spend time. Mouse droppings in particular are easy to recognize, as they're about the size and shape of a small grain of rice. Droppings will often be found under or behind warm appliances like the refrigerator, behind doors, along the wall, in cabinets, pantries, basements and garages.
5. Nesting Materials
Many pests nest, which means they create a space for themselves to live comfortably. Pests often shred paper and insulation to create their nest. When the nest is fully made, it may include tufts of hair, droppings, and even newborn offspring. Homeowners who find a nest should not disturb the material but should instead work with a pest infestation company to rid the house of the problem.
What To Do?
If you're a homeowner who is concerned that you have a pest infestation, contact a reputable pest control company in your area. If you live in an apartment, check out this apartment pest control guide. Pest control companies know how to stop infestations before they become a big problem. Many pest control companies also provide advice to homeowners to help them secure their home against pests. For more information about keeping your home pest free, talk to a pest control company today.