No one wants to think about the possibility of a pest infestation in their home or business, but it’s a concern of which property owners need to be aware. Fortunately, if you know what to watch for, you can catch a pest infestation in its early stages and stop the problem before major damage is done. If you notice any of the following signs of pests in your home or business, contact a professional pest control company right away.

Droppings

One of the most common indicators of a pest infestation is the droppings they leave behind. You will most likely find them in hidden corners, cupboards, under appliances, or behind boxes. If you do discover droppings, do not attempt to clean them up yourself. Aside from being gross, the droppings may carry diseases and should be removed by a professional to avoid contamination. It is helpful to do some research to see if you can identify what type of pest left the droppings and if there is anything you else you should be concerned about.

Chewed or Torn Packages

Another thing to watch out for, particularly in the pantry and kitchen, is packaging that has been gnawed on, torn, spilled, scratched, or has any other kind of hole. Hunting for food is a common reason for pests to enter a building, so they will usually make their way into the kitchen at some point. Throw any affected food out immediately and try to store food in airtight containers to prevent pests from getting into anything. 

Nests or Materials

Another reason for pests to enter a building is to find shelter or warmth. If they plan to stay awhile, they may begin to build a nest of some kind. If you notice odd piles like shredded paper, insulation, fabric, leaves, twigs, etc. or see the nest itself, contact a pest control company to remove it for you.

Holes or Sawdust

Carpenter ants and termites are known for leaving small piles of powder or sawdust, especially near window sills and baseboards. You may also see holes dug by larger pests, gnawing or scratching marks, or changes to the home like sagging floors, loose trim, or warping wood.

Tiny Spots of Blood

Bed bugs leave tiny spots on bedding, furniture, walls, or elsewhere that look like tiny drops of dried blood. If you spot anything like this, you most likely have an infestation that needs immediate attention.

Get Help from a Professional

If you find any of these signs of pest infestation, contact a professional pest control company like Preventive Pest Control right away. Learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services and book an appointment today!