For most homeowners, dealing year round with a few bugs around the home is just a part of living in a warm part of the country; however, it is important for any homeowner to know when these pest signs are just minor and when it is necessary to call in commercial pest control experts.
The Size of the Problem
The biggest issue to keep in mind is how large the infestation or invasion of insects, bugs or vermin may actually be. Often, signs of one cockroach, ant or bug may not be alarming, but in many cases, just one sighting may actually mean a significant problem.
This is due to the secretive nature of many of these insects. For example, cockroaches are typically very inactive during the day, hiding in dark, secluded places. The only time you may see them active in the area is at night when you suddenly turn on the kitchen or bathroom light.
If you are not sure if you need commercial pest control solutions or if it is just a minor issue, consider the following key signals of a much larger insect problem.
Wood or Paper Damage
Small piles of what looks like fine sawdust, very thin tunnels running up the walls, or damaged or chewed areas in the wood along baseboards, window sills or door frames are all signs of significant termite problems. Depending on the species of termites, paper products such as books or boxes may also be heavily damaged in a very short period of time.
Treating termites is not a do-it-yourself project. The longer the delay in calling commercial pest control services the higher the risk of damage to the home and furniture.
Other issues to watch for are signs of chewing on the packaging in cupboards, rodent droppings or a urine smell in storage areas, or signs of dead bugs in the home, particularly when concentrated in specific areas. Calling in professional commercial pest control for these types of issues will be critical for complete elimination of the problem.
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