Last updated on: February 7th, 2020
You know they’re there. You hear them at night and it freaks you out knowing there are little critters chewing away on the timber frames or floorboards in your house. It can be very off-putting sharing your home with unwanted guests, especially when these pests have the audacity of living there, rent free!
Insect infestation is a common occurrence in Australia and it, unfortunately, happens to the best of us. Some people are not aware of the early signs that an infestation is taking place, right under their noses and therefore they can’t do much to solve the problem on their own. However, once you know how to recognize that there is an issue, pest control is only a phone call away. As such, in this piece, we’ll discuss in detail how you can spot obvious signs around your home that would indicate that you have a pest infestation.
These small, ant-like creatures like to tunnel their way into wooden beams. If your house was built with untreated timber or is very old, you might have to go into your crawl spaces with a torch and look for the signs such as dried mud sections on top of the timber, dead termites or termite wings, heaps of sawdust, or eroded and hollowed out beams.
If you hear clicking sounds coming from the floors or walls, you might have termites and it is worth investigating more closely. Frass is termite droppings and is recognizable as black marks and a dark powdery substance near the entrances of the nest. If you notice any of these signs, it is advisable to call a professional pest control company straight away to come out to assess your infestation.
Yes, bed bugs are real and can become a health risk if not dealt with immediately. Cimex lectularius is very small at only 1-7mm long, but they are visible to the naked eye. However they like to hide and only come out at night, so it might be that you will have to look out for other signs. Bites and hives on your body, tiny black spots on your sheets, bed bug eggs found in small clusters in cracks or crevices around your bed, or shed skin. If you suspect an infestation it is good to act immediately because a female bed bug can lay between 200-500 eggs in 2 months and these eggs hatch every 45 days. You do the math.
Almost every home has, or used to have, some cockroaches nesting somewhere. They are nocturnal and most active at night, but if you notice them running around your kitchen every 5 minutes in the daytime, you definitely have a problem. Other signs are droppings that look like ground pepper, oval-shaped egg cases in dark spaces under sinks or appliances, or in extreme cases unpleasant smells like a strong oily or musty odor. Time to call an expert because if conditions are favorable these pests can procreate fast.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, once we decide to deceive. Luckily, it’s the spider’s web that gives their hiding places away, but some species burrow rather than spin webs. Places to search for spiders are basements, attics, sheds and storage boxes. If there are places in your home that you seldom clean or inspect, start there.
With ants, you’ll see them scurrying about, or, you might just see the ant mounds forming in your garden or on the floors of your home. Signs to look for are small mounds of excavated soil and paving that is destabilized or your plants dying in close proximity to the mounds of soil. If you experience any of these signs, you might have an ant infestation.
Get The Right Help
These are just a few of the pests you may encounter in and around your home. However, there are other creatures like bees, wasps, worms, beetles, mice, and rats that can also become pests. If you suspect that you have an infestation of any pest, don’t be a hero and try to exterminate them yourself. Instead, call pest control as they’ll know exactly how to get rid of your unwanted house guests and deal with the problem effectively and efficiently.
Pest control companies will have a team of experts that are highly experienced in dealing with infestations, as well as having all the proper equipment and protective clothing to ensure that the infestation is handled safely and effectively. So, if you suspect that you have an infestation, then don’t waste any time and be sure to address the problem straight away!