There are many signs to look out for that suggest your home has pests. In this guide, we’ll look at five of the most common indicators and why these are associated with pests. Let’s begin!
To start with, droppings are a common sign of pests such as rats. In some cases, droppings will be easy to spot because of their appearance and odour. However, in other scenarios, animal droppings may resemble bits of dirt, so could be more difficult to identify.
Of course, bad odours can come from droppings, but pests can leave behind bad smells in other ways. Whatever the case, if you notice unusual odours (e.g. oily odour, musty smell etc.), these can suggest that your home has an issue with pests.
Pests may also leave tracks behind signifying their presence in your home. You’re most likely to find pest tracks outdoors or in your carpeting. Different forms of tracks can include scratches, tracks in soil and grease marks.
Strange sounds that might suggest the presence of pests can include gnawing, scratching, buzzing or/and pattering feet.
Of course, unusual noises could be coming from another issue such as a problem with pipework so it’s important to carefully listen out for the exact type of noise. Beyond that, a strange sound existing along with another one or more signs listed here can act as strong evidence of pests.
A sign of pests that you may not consider at first is furniture damage. Different types of pests can cause harm to various types of furniture.
For example, wood-boring insects and carpet beetles can cause harm to soft surfaces and different types of furniture.
In general, you’ll want to keep an eye out for wood damage in floors or/and walls. Paper and fabric can also be susceptible to damage.
Other signs of pests also exist, however, the five mentioned in this article are among the most common examples.
As discussed, seeing one of these signs could indicate pests and some are stronger signs than others but if you see multiple signs the chances are even higher.
If you can’t determine whether or not you have pests but have concerns, consult with a pest control contractor/service to find out whether or not there are pests in your home.
Cost of Hiring Pest Control
The average cost of hiring pest control is likely to land between £10 and £15 per hour. The price of labour will vary, however, depending on factors like where specifically in the UK you are located. After all, labour prices tend to be higher in the southeast of England but below the average in northern England and Scotland.
When looking for a pest control service, you may want to secure quotes from three or more companies before making a decision.
If you’re concerned with non-kill pest control (e.g. pain-free mouse traps), the good news is that many ethical options also exist nowadays.© Copyright 2023 Antonia, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tidylife