Pests are, in many ways, like unwanted party guests. They’re not invited, but they show up anyway, and waltz in as if they have every right to be there. Once in situ, they can cause havoc: they make a mess, potentially damage things in your home, and then they absolutely refuse to leave.
However, there is one thing that separates pests from unwanted party guests. With party guests, you’re always going to be able to notice their presence, but with pests, a little more guesswork is usually required. Pests are adept at hiding their presence from human eyes, so instead, you have to be able to piece together clues that indicate they have chosen to invade your home. Below, we have highlighted the signs of the most common household pests, so you know exactly what you need to keep an eye out for…
Signs of rodents
If you find black or brown greasy marks on your floors, lower sections of walls, or inside cupboards, then you may be sharing your home with mice or rats. When rodents move into a property, they will usually follow the same routes every time they are making their way through your home – which, over the course of time, leads to track marks developing. In addition to these track marks, mice and rodents are nibblers, so call a pest control expert if you notice frayed cables and food packages that have visible tooth marks in them.
Signs of bed bugs
Bites are amongst the most common way of identifying a bed bug problem, but it’s important to note that not everyone actually responds to bites – so it is possible to have an infestation without noticing anything untoward on your skin. Look out for red or rust-coloured spots or hatched shells in your bed linen, mattress, and even on walls; if you notice these, look for effective bed bug treatments to ensure the infestation can be completely eradicated.
Signs of wasps
The most obvious sign of a wasp infestation is a nest, which is pictured above for reference. Nests can often be found in attic spaces, or beneath your gutters; if you do see one, then it imperative that you call for professional assistance rather than attempting to remove it yourself. Even if you cannot see an actual nest, seeing a large number of wasps in your home could indicate a potential infestation, as can visibly-chewed wood anywhere on your property.
Signs of termites
Termites can actually cause structural damage to a property, so knowing the signs of their presence is very important. Often, termites are best identified not by visual signs, but by sounds. Termites often communicate with one another by “head banging”, which you will hear as clicking sounds inside walls. In addition, peeling paint or damaged and buckling floorboards can also be a sign of a termite infestation.
Now that you know the signs of the most common household pests, you should be able to quickly and effectively take action if you notice any such concerns in your own property.