With warmer weather right around the corner, many people are spring cleaning and beautifying their property for the season. You may be working every weekend to clean out the long-neglected garage, basement, and attic.
While you are inspecting closets, crawl spaces, and under furniture, you may see evidence of an invisible invasion. According to an article from Businesswire.com, the states of Florida and New York rank at the top for insect infestations. Even if you do not live in these areas, there is a good chance that you will be battling the insects this season.
To get a head start on insect elimination around your place, you need to identify the problem. While you may not see the critters at first, they will leave tell-tale signs of their unwelcomed presence. Even if you only see a single insect, chances are that there is a plethora that you do not see. Here are 10 signs that you probably have an insect infestation in your home or yard:
1. Out In The Open
The most obvious sign of an insect infestation is seeing the pests scurrying in the house or in the yard. While you are doing your spring cleaning, pay careful attention to nooks, closets, and other dark hiding places. You may also see eggs and nests from certain pesky insects. When you see the bugs, you will know what you are dealing with and can convey this information to the pest company.
2. Dead Insects Laying Around
A dead insect is almost a sure sign that more are alive and well. You may see a few scattered in the corners of rooms or in the back of cabinets. Some may also show up in lamp shades and along the tops of appliances. You should also be alert to certain dead bugs on your porch or patio. These pests may have been traveling back and forth through your house.
3. Weird Smells and Sounds
Many pests have a pugnacious smell that is unique to them. Cockroaches excrete an oily scent that is nauseating. If you notice a sickeningly-sweet musty smell coming from your bedrooms, you definitely need to check the mattresses for bed bugs. While you may attribute scratching noises to rodents, it is important to know that larger insects can make the same types of noise under the floorboards and behind the walls.
4. Signs of Termite Infestation
If you notice any signs of termites in your house, it is important to take action as soon as possible. Because their favorite fare is wood, they can cause serious damage to the structure of your home. They will also nosh on any wooden furniture or accessories you own. Termites can make your foundation, floors, and walls dangerously unstable over time. Other than seeing live termites, keep an eye out for holes in the walls or sagging floors and porches. When you tap on wood with termite damage, you can hear a hollow sound. Other signs of these terrible pests are tiny shed wings and small fecal pellets around little piles of sawdust.
5. Unwanted Gifts From The Neighbors
Talk to your next door neighbors and see if they have been experiencing any bug problems. Many pests, such as roaches, ants, and termites are more than happy to take up residence at your home, too. Even if you have yet to see any signs of bug infestation, take precautions and talk to your local pest control professional. You may not have to deal with the insects if you are proactive.
6. Ant Hills
While ants are often unwelcomed guests at outdoor picnics, they can also invade your home for a total ant buffet. As you are doing some spring work in your flower beds, be on the lookout for active ant hills. They often build their mounds close to house foundations. You may also see ant hills around your trees and shrubs. If they have colonies outside, be assured that they can move inside quickly.
7. Damaged Grass And Plants
Many insect pests wreak havoc in your yard before they start their dastardly deeds indoors. You may see evidence of gnawing on dead plants and leaves. Sometimes, pests leave brown patches of grass where they feed and borrow. Your exterminator will probably need to spray for insects outside and inside.
8. Possible Breeding Grounds
If you get rid of outdoor places where pests can live and breed, they will be less likely to stay around and infest your home. Junk piles are a welcome mat to roaches, ants, and other pests. If you have a pond of stagnant water around your property, then you have created a virtual nursery for dangerous mosquitos. Talk to your city management if you live close to a dilapidated building that can be harboring pests in your neighborhood.
9. Pest Control Products
You might be looking for a new home or apartment this season. While you are touring the potential property, take notes of any of the above hints and also look for leftover pest control products. These may be stashed under the sink, in the pantry, or on a garage shelf. They are pretty good indicators that the former residents had bug problems. Before you sign you name on the line, have the place inspected by a quality pest control professional.
One of the worst parts of living near farm animals is the stink and flies. You can also have the same problems if you live close to a dump. Adult flies lay their eggs in fecal matter of other animals. They also feed on rotted materials. If they get into your house, they can cause food poisoning and other diseases. If you notice a lot of flies around your yard, take some precautions before they swarm inside your house. Your local pest control expert knows how to spray for flies and seal up any areas of your house that can be a potential inlet.
The Encyclopedia Smithsonian estimates that there are as many as 200 million insects in the world for every person. While a majority of them are harmless, there are many of them that want to share space in your home. These nasty invaders cause thousands of dollars each year for homeowners, and are a potential source of disease. When you see signs of insects populating your house this season, call a professional exterminator who can help.
If you noticed some of these signs and is in need of some pest control our friends over at Mammoth Pest can help you out!