In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some basics on how to tell if an occasional pest sighting on your property has given way to a full-blown pest infestation. A few ants here or there isn’t a problem; an entire colony of ants on your property is an infestation that may cause several issues and will require services from our exterminators.
At Bug Busters, we’re happy to offer a huge range of commercial and residential pest control services to our clients, including expertise on when a given outbreak or infestation has reached a point where advanced steps are required. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few other potential signs that your infestation has reached this state, including both visible and other indicators to keep an eye out for.
Stains and Grime
While all pests are different in important ways, they have at least one general quality in common: They make a mess. Rodents are known for the way they leave grease and grime, plus droppings; insects leave droppings and various liquids all over the place, plus will track food crumbs or similar debris around with them.
If you fear you have an infestation of any kind, check in the most common locations for all these pests – dark, enclosed and humid locations, plus hiding places under furniture, in corners and along wall edges. In these areas, you’ll be likely to notice everything from grease stains and dirt marks to food particles, discarded hair or other pest-related debris. If you have any dusty areas nearby, check them for trails signaling pests have been moving around in the area recently.
There are also several pest types out there that are known to create significant fabric damage during an infestation. These include ants, beetles, moths, rodents and various other insects in some cases – some of these only chew on fabric while others actually consume it.
If you notice small holes or tears in your clothes, carpet, drapes, furniture or any other fabric with no other explanation, this is a likely cause. You may also see other typical pest signs on fabric, such as grease stains or droppings.
Webs and Egg Sacks
One particular sign to look for if you’re dealing with a spider infestation, or even if you’ve just seen a few spiders recently: Spider webs and spider egg sacks. The latter are small, round white sacks that hold baby spiders – up to several thousand at once in many cases. If you notice these and significant webs popping up around your property, this is often a telltale sign you have a spider problem that could grow larger.
For more on telltale signs your infestation has become significant, or to learn about any of our pest control services, speak to the staff at Bug Busters today.