There is no greater nuisance in homes and businesses than pests. On this, I know we can all agree. However, there is a problem for every solution, and pest control is an area fully covered by experts. As such, every homeowner and entrepreneur needs knowledge on pests; how to detect their presence, and when there is a need to call the experts.
That said, here’s more on pest control:
How Do You Know There Are Pests on Your Premises?
Here are various signs that should tell you there are pests in your home or business premises:
For larger pests like rats and mice, it is easy to spot their fecal droppings and urine trails. This obviously shows the presence of pests and at that point pest control is vital. Unfortunately, waste from smaller pests like bed bugs or ants is not easy to spot.
The larger pests are usually found in your garage or attic, or other dark places where they are safe from humans. If you think you have a pest issue, check these places consistently, even setting up a mouse trap will give you your answer.
You should look for any evidence of nesting on the premises to know if there are pests. Rodents will basically make a nest out of anything, and they will nest in discrete places like between walls, ceilings, and underneath floors.
Check for signs of nesting in the less obvious places, and you can tell if there are pests on your premises. Nesting in ants also happens in the cracks of your bathroom walls most commonly, so if you start seeing an influx of hard-working ants, you know they have been nesting in your home!
Grease Marks and Trails
This is a sign of heavy rodent infestation. Normally, rodents leave these signs everywhere they go. Mice and rats travel using the same path, and the grease marks can even direct you to their nesting places.
Again, if you are not plagued with these large rodents, the smaller ones you have won’t be as noticeable.
Physical Damage to Structures
Pests often cause a lot of damage to structures as they look for food and nesting places. Rats and mice chew almost anything, and gnaw marks on furniture can be a sign of heavy infestation. Damage to wood and wood furniture can signify termite infestation because termites attack wood.
Another sign of termites is bug wings all over your floor or in your lamps. They are attracted to light and shed their wings at night- in the mix of all the termite wings, you will find a few dead termites, too.
This is a clear sign you need fumigation termites to look harmless but they cause some of the most damage compared to any other bug or pest.
Many people ignore the outdoors when looking for signs of pest infestation. However, some pests attack outdoor plants leaving brown patches on them. Moles, beetles, grubs, and other bugs are fond of outdoor plants. Damaged patches of your lawn can be a sign of bug infestation.
When Do You Need to Call a Pest Control Professional?
Sometimes, DIY pest control is enough to make the problem go away. However, there are instances where you need to call a professional to help you with pest control.
Here are such instances;
When there are just a few pests on the premises, it is easy to control them. However, pests tend to multiply quickly, making it very hard to control on your own. In such a case, doing pest control on your own cannot be effective. You should call a professional to help you.
Different pests require the use of different chemicals or equipment to control them. You might come across pests you have never seen before, and that means you may not know how they should be controlled. This is when you need to call a professional to help you eliminate the pest.
Lack of Time
in a busy world such as the one we live in, not everyone has free time on their hands. Pest control may be time-consuming and may need to be repeated more than once to be effective.
In such a case, you will need to call a pest control professional because they are thorough, and they will not rush the process.
Complex Equipment Required
Some pest control procedures involve the use of special equipment like spray machines, chemicals, and traps. It may be more costly for you to purchase all the necessary equipment than to hire an expert.
Pest control on your own only makes sense when no special equipment is needed. Otherwise, you need to call someone to do the job for you which will save you time and money.
Allergy to Chemicals
Pest control will require you to use chemicals most of the time. However, if you are allergic to pest control chemicals, you should avoid handling them. In such a case, you will need to hire a professional to handle the pests for you. Your health is obviously more important in this case.
Hiring a pest control professional is very beneficial as it allows you to avoid the stress of dealing with pests on your own and ensures an expert has been at the scene. It is also more effective because they use specialized equipment, are well trained for the job, and have probably dealt with much worse.
A professional will also give you tips on how to prevent future infestations, hence saving you from future pest control costs and possible extermination needs! Don’t overlook any bug issues you might have – as these problems come and go it might seem not that important.
Well, it is. Bugs make their way into your home and could potentially destroy it and your health. Taking preventative measures is much cheaper and easier than dealing with the problem after it grows.