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See the Signs: How To Know You Have a Pest Problem and What to Do About It

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There are usually common telltale signs that you have a pest problem in your home or on your property. But do you have any idea what the first things you may notice are, or what you should be actively looking for on a regular basis?

Let us examine a few indicators that can signify a larger pest problem.

Droppings

Pest droppings are really the classic evidence that pests are hiding somewhere in your home. Because a variety of pests, from rats to cockroaches, are really good at hiding in small or unexpected places, be sure to do a thorough search for droppings and regularly check and cleaning all suspicious areas.

Carcasses

Dead bug carcasses or shed shells on the inside of your home are a big indicator that you have pests infesting your property. A number of common household pests, including bed bugs and beetles, discard their exoskeletons during molting, which leaves behind little clues for homeowners.

Nests

Rats and mice will make nests and leave behind signs of nesting such as shredded paper or clothing. These clever pests will usually make nests out of whatever materials they have available and can be quite creative. Keep this in mind as you search for clues of a rat or mice infestation in your home, attic, and garage.

Damage:

Holes, gnaw marks, and other forms of damage to property and walls are also good examples of indicators of a possible pest problem or infestation. Look for small holes in walls and floors, and even check your electrical wires for bite marks, as critters such as rats love chewing on cables and may have destroyed them, which is also a real fire hazard.

Suspicious Activity:

Termites can be a big problem here in Arizona and we should always be checking for the signs of termite infestations since they can cause such severe destruction to our homes. The shed wings and fecal pellets of termites actually resemble sawdust, so be on the lookout for any suspicious “dust” or dirt that may be left behind by these destructive pests. Termites can cause expensive structural damage to homes, which makes detecting them early very important.

Now that you know a little more about some of the early warning signs of a pest problem, what can you do to prevent a pest problem in the first place?

Here are some helpful DIY tips that can be used to be proactive in the fight against pests.

Boric acid

is recommended by experts for cockroaches since it is poisonous to them. A bottle of the powder, bought in a “puffer” bottle costs only a couple of dollars and can be sprayed in cracks and crevices where these annoying little pests live. It has been found to be very effective. Of course, be careful where you use it if you have small children around the home.

Vinegar

believe it or not, will trap irritating flies, such as fruit flies and gnats. Fill a cup with vinegar and cover it with plastic wrap. Poke holes in the plastic and the flies will enter through the holes and get stuck in the vinegar. At outdoor barbecues, place an opened can of sugary soda and leave it away from guests. This can be a great wasp catcher since they love the sweet smell and will get stuck in the liquid and leave the rest of the food and drink alone.

To prevent your pest problems before they begin, here are some more tips from the experts on pest control and prevention:

Caulk cracks and crevices

Caulk cracks and crevices in your home to prevent pests from entering. Add screens and seal any thresholds you might have.

Eliminate any food and water

Eliminate any food, water and shelter sources of potential pests, as this is the key to keeping unwanted bugs and critters out of your home.

Regularly clean

Regularly clean around appliances, dispose of garbage, and avoid any storage of food items. These are some of the simplest and cheapest things you can do to prevent pests from being attracted in the first place.

Remove water

Also, remember that pests love standing water sources inside and outside of the home, which makes stagnant water, such as a dog water bowl, something to avoid or monitor closely.

These tips can be useful in preventing pests, but if you already find yourself with a pest problem that is more than you can control, such as a bed bug infestation, be sure to call your pest control expert before any more damage occurs.

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