Household pests tend to stay hidden much of the time, and they come out at night while you're sleeping to hunt for food and scamper around. Since your schedules are different, you may not know your home has pests if you never actually see them. However, all kinds of pests leave different types of clues behind. Here are some signs that indicate it's time to call a pest control company.
You See Prints Or Trails
If you have a dusty area of your home, you might see prints or trails in the dust. It can be alarming to see tiny footprints of mice in your house, but that's a clear sign you need to take action to eliminate them from your home. Rodents also leave grimy trails behind. Since rats like to follow the same paths all the time, the oil and grime from their bodies build up and leave a dark streak behind. When you see grimy dark streaks along the floor or wall, that's a sign you have a serious rodent problem. Rodents aren't the only pests that leave marks behind, and some marks aren't from feet but from insect droppings.
You Detect A Foul Odor
Pests have their own odors, and when they infest your home, their odors will build until you notice a musty or foul odor. Many times pests are drawn to your home due to a plumbing leak that makes dampness. The dampness creates a foul odor too. The mix of dampness and pests can make your home smell bad, and room freshers won't eliminate the smell.
You Spot Damage
Many pests are destructive. Rats gnaw on everything. Moths ruin your food or sweaters. Silverfish chew on your documents. When you see gnaw areas on paper, fabrics, wood, wiring insulation, or food packaging, it's time to call in a pest control expert and get rid of the bugs or rodents that are destroying your home.
You Find Nests
When you go through your home trying to track down the bad odor or to see where ant trails or rat trails lead, you may find evidence of nesting. You might see shredded papers or fabric scattered about or formed into nests. This indicates rodents are so comfortable in your home that they've decided to move in and stay.
Call in a pest control company to inspect your house to see what kind of pests you have and come up with a plan to get rid of them. Pests are not only dirty and smelly, they contaminate your food and the surfaces of your home, so you want them out of your house fast.