How To Spot Pests And Rodents In Your Home

April 25, 2023

From skittering bugs to scampering rodents, there are many unwanted guests that could potentially invade your home. These rodents and bugs can cause major damage to your home if you are not careful, and even the sign of them can be stomach-turning for many. But most of these pests and rodents are sneaky. It is hard to spot them outright unless there are loads of them, but they do leave behind evidence of their crimes.

So in this post, we will be taking a look at some of the best ways to spot if there are pests and rodents in your home. The earlier you notice these signs, the less chance they have to turn your house into their home.

Droppings are a major sign that you have pests and rodents in your home

Droppings are one of the biggest telltale signs that there are rodents and pests in your home. Finding them can be rather disgusting, but it is an important way to determine if there are rodents or pests in your home. They usually look like small dark pellets, but smaller insects can often leave tiny specks. The smaller the droppings, the harder they are to identify. In many cases, droppings are left close to places like cabinets and appliances, because it is where the rodents get their food. Take a look around the areas where you keep food to see if there are rodents around your home.

If you do find droppings around your home, it is important to clean them up immediately to avoid any adverse health effects and infestation. Make sure you clean the area as well and check on food and other items in the area. There is a good chance that the rodents and pests have gotten into your food stock if you have found droppings. You may need to throw food out and potentially store it in other places that are harder to reach.

Check for gnawing or loose debris around the house

If you have larger rodents in your home, then there is a good chance that they will leave behind bits of debris or gnawing marks. For instance, it is not uncommon for mice to chew through things like wood in order to create little gaps and holes for them to travel around your home. Not only do they gnaw things to create passages, but they also use it as a way to keep their teeth sharp. As such, you will even see gnaw marks on furniture, wires, and other items around the house.

Gnawing is also used to break into boxes and cupboards. A common sign is gnawing marks at the bottom of cereal boxes. If you notice that there are lots of small bite marks and bits of cardboard on your cereal boxes, then it is almost certainly a sign of mice trying to chew their way into your food. Since this is a clear sign of pests and rodents in your home, it is a good idea to get in touch with experts such as Sniper Exterminators. This will help you identify the type of pest rodent that is invading your home, and you will also get some helpful advice on how to deal with them.

Keep an eye out for pest activity in and around your home

In most cases, spotting an ant in your home or even a mouse in your garden is not a huge deal. After all, wildlife and insects roam around the world all the time, so it is not uncommon for them to occasionally appear close to or even in your home. However, it does become a problem when those pests try to convert your home into their nest. The most obvious sign of this is how they act around your home. For example, if you see a trail of ants marching from outside the home into your pantry or kitchen, then it is probably something you should get rid of by following them back to the source. 

If you notice strange activity and can record it, you should send it to a local pest control service for them to analyze. They can explain to you what is happening and what the chances are that those rodents are gearing up to take over your home. It is best to deal with these kinds of problems as soon as possible so that they have no time to set up inside your home. Once they are in your walls and are scurrying around at night, it becomes much harder and you will start to lose sleep. In short, watch for pest activity around your home and deal with it quickly.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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