Having pests in the home is horrible. The knowledge of an infestation can make it off-putting to be in your own home, and worrying about all the damage that it’s causing can really get under your skin. Having pests removed can also be very expensive, so it’s good to know some of the major warning signs of an infestation so you can act before it gets out of control.
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Pests are small and therefore quiet. However, they’re not completely silent. If you’re noticing some faint scratching and scurrying sounds here and there, then this may be the first signs of a rodent infestation. The best time to listen for these sounds is at night, as this is when mice and rats are the most active. Before you go to bed, walk subtly around your walls, placing a glass to it to listen. If you know you have any cavities in the house, then this is where rodents will go out of choice. It’s also important to do this for the ceilings if you have an attic, or you suspect that your furry visitors have got up there. If you discover an infestation, your only real options are buying a cat or calling a pest control service company.
Although most domestic pests will sleep at night, they can’t do anything to hide their smell! If you have your suspicions, or you just want to be more cautious about pests, then this is something you can look for in day to day life. When you’re in a pest hot spot, (the garage, the kitchen, anywhere with appliances), pay attention to the smells in the air. If you get an unpleasant, musky odour that only seems to spring from one isolated spot, then this could be a sign of pests. The smell of rodents is pretty universal. If you’ve ever owned guinea pigs or a rabbit, and neglected to clean its cage out, then you’ll be all too familiar with the scent. Narrow down where the smell is coming from, and you’ll probably find the next sign, and full confirmation.
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Finding their way into a home is usually pretty dangerous for pests, and once they’re in many of them want to stay there. It’s warm, safe from predators, and there’s probably plenty of food and water around. When mating season comes around, they’ll want to build a nest. Mice and rats will typically target the dark, undisturbed areas of your home. Behind appliances, holes in the insulation, and wall cavities are all known favourites. When you pick up that damp, musky smell in your home, look around and ask yourself where you’d be if you were a mouse. Once you find and disturb a nest, the pests are likely to scatter, and may even leave the house. However, this isn’t guaranteed, so have a pest controller’s number handy.
Hopefully, you won’t find any of these signs in your home! If you do though, be sure to act fast. The more time you leave a pest, the more damage they can do!