Welcome to PestyPete, your friendly and helpful pest expert whom can help you get rid of your pest problems, whether that be inside your house or outside we are confident we can help you with the solution.
Pest problems are certainly not to be underestimated as they can cause you a whole lot of problems that can aside from stress you out, also cause quite a lot of damage, cost you money and even effect your health. It’s important that you identify a pest problem early and know how to effectively treat it before the situation progresses and causes you some real problems.
What Are Some Common Pests?
Most pests you are likely to encounter are either bugs, rodents or birds. Here are some examples of common pests;
- Ants (Sugar Ants and Carpenter Ants)
- Termites (we recently reviewed one of the top selling treatment products so if you want to know how to get rid of termites effectively then check out our: Termidor Foam review)
- Bed Bugs
How Do I Know If I Have Pests In My Home?
Pets come in a variety of types and sizes, none of which are welcome in our homes. Some common pests to find in your home include ants, cockroaches, termites, rats, mice, bats, raccoons, and squirrels. All of these animals like to nest in warm homes and they can definitely cause some damage. If you think that you may have a pest infestation, but aren’t too sure about it, here are some telltale ways that you can tell if you have an infestation or not.
Of course the easiest way to tell if you have a pest infestation in your home is if you see them first hand. Some pests like cockroaches, rats, and mice may be harder to spot because they are fast and good at hiding. Animals like ants, squirrels, raccoons, and bats are somewhat easier to spot. That being said you could always come across any of these animals if they have entered your home. Obviously if you see them they are there!
One of the first ways that you can tell if there is a pest in your home is if you find animal droppings. This is not as much the case for insects because their droppings are usually too small to see, but if you have pests like mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, or bats you will definitely find droppings if you have a substantial infestation.
If you find animal faeces around your home, especially little pellets, and if you find the droppings on multiple occasions then you can be sure that you have something like a mouse or rat in your home.
Another way that you can tell if you have a pest infestation in your home is if you find a distinct smell present. Many animals like rats, mice, bats, raccoons, and squirrels will all have a distinct wild animal smell; you will know when you smell it because it will smell like nothing that is usually in your home. Once again this isn’t really the case for insects because they are usually too small to produce a substantial stink, but animals that are slightly larger and have fur will definitely produce a stench.
This is especially the case when the animals such as rat, bats, and raccoons nest in your home because they will defecate and urinate all over your home and that is definitely going to stink, especially so for bats whose guano is extremely pungent. Often smaller rodents will also die in walls and crawl spaces and of course the stench of rotting flesh should be a clear giveaway.
Nesting Sits & Hiding Places
Another good way to tell if you have any kind of pest in your home is if you find a nesting site or a hiding place that you haven’t previously encountered. If you have rats or mice then you can be sure that you will find some holes in your walls where they crawl in to. If you do have a rat or mice problem then check out our post: best way to kill rats for some helpful tips and product recommendations.
For squirrels, and raccoons you may actually find a nesting site that has been built by the adults; if there is no animal there when you find the nest chances are that the animal is hiding somewhere. For animals like ants you should be able to tell if there is a nesting site because you will be able to see the ants crawling in and out of walls and cracks in the floors.
One pest which you might not notice initially is, bed bugs. Most of the time you will notice bites on your body which occur when you are sleeping. if you do suspect you have them then it’s probably a good idea to look through bed bug spray reviews to make sure you get the very best treatment product to get rid of them fast!
The next way to tell if you have pests in your home is if you find destroyed wood floors, walls, ceilings, and even destroyed wood or cardboard items around the home. Ants and termites like to nest in damp or sometimes dry wood so if you have one of these critters in your home then you can be sure to find damage to wood where it has been chewed away to make passageways or nesting sites for the animal.
The same is true for rats, raccoons, mice, and other critters too. Most of these animals like to hide between walls and they like to chew their way into small spaces. If you find bite marks or chewed away parts of your home you can be sure that you have a pest that is nesting in your home and eating your home from the inside out.
The final way to tell if you have a pest in your home is if you find chewed apart food packages or if you find that you have food missing. Animals love to eat and those that invade in your home will eat mostly anything. In the case of ants or termites you will see them carrying away crumbs and food.
On the other hand with animals like rats and mice you will often find chewed apart food containers with small amounts of food missing. If you think you may have a rodent problem you can always try leaving out a box of cereal overnight to see if it gets chewed in to.