Suspecting that you have pests in your home can make you feel uncomfortable. You may find yourself not wanting to walk across the floor with bare feet. You may also be driving yourself crazy looking for any little sign of pest infestation or may be second-guessing yourself each time you listen or look more closely for things that may be out of the ordinary. The best way to begin managing a pest infestation in your home is to become aware of the signs that you have unwanted guests. After you have ascertained that there is a probable infestation, you will be able to call a qualified pest control service. Here are three signs that there are pests in your home.
Rodents such as mice and rats are most attracted to the kitchen. The kitchen is often well insulated and provides direct access to food. As the rodents explore your counters, you may find that they track grease around. The tracks may present as footprints or impressions of their tails. If you observe grease tracks in your kitchen, then do your best to store food in airtight containers and empty the trash as soon as possible. Rodents are motivated to find any readily available food source.
Pests often try to find materials that will insulate their homes or nests. While shredded paper is a favored material, rodents will also utilize your houseplants as nesting material and possibly as a food source as well. Rodents may nibble at the leaves of your plants or sample the taste of the flowering portions. Insects may be drawn to plants as a food source as well. Keep an eye out for insect trails. Make sure that you also look at the bottom of the pot or dish where you are growing your plant, because pests may try to find a water source there.
Pest infestation is often accompanied by unpleasant odors. As the pests collect food in the quiet corners of your home, it can accumulate and begin to spoil. The pest waste can also cause there to be foul odors. The foul odors will be concentrated near quieter areas of your home or inside the walls. Pests pick smaller, darker areas to inhabit during the day in order to avoid coming into contact with you or pets that could threaten their ability to gather food and build their nests.
For more information, contact a residential pest control service today.