Infestations of rodents and insects are the stuff of horror movies, but they can happen in real life. Do you know what to do if you find signs of an infestation?
In this article, we’ll go through several examples of pest infestations including the signs they leave, and what you should do. Let’s get started!
1). Rodents: Rats and Mice
While it’s an uncomfortable thought, rodents such as rats and mice are a common problem in many homes in the UK. Chances are that at some point you’ll suffer with a rodent infestation.
- Footprints: are easily spotted in dusty areas such as a basement or loft.
- Droppings: these are small, capsule-shaped feces that will be quite prevalent in areas where the rodents are active.
- Strong smell of urine: rodent urine has a very strong, unmistakable smell. And these pests will urinate frequently, leaving small puddles in numerous areas. You may find these along with their droppings.
- Teeth marks: rodents need to chew to keep their teeth from growing too long. You may notice chew marks on wires, cables, and more. The covering of cables and wires has as sweet taste that rodents love.
- Scratching noises: this can be very unsettling, but you may hear scratching sounds in your home’s walls or even in the ceiling. You may even hear a squeak every now and then, or possibly even “chattering” noises (which are similar to those a squirrel makes, but not exactly the same). You may even hear things go “bump” in the night, when rodents are most active. That’s a terrifying thought!
If you’ve noticed signs of rodents in your home, follow these recommendations:
- Don’t panic: this can be a homeowner’s first reaction. Panicking won’t help anything. Instead, stay calm and move on to the next step.
- Look where they’re coming from: look for signs of entry and exit. To do this, it will be necessary to look all over your home. Some of the most common points are in the loft, bathroom, kitchen or in the basement. And remember to check closets, wall cavities and kitchen cabinets.
- Place traps: next, buy some rodent traps and fix them with bait. Place these in those areas where you found the rodents have been entering your home.
- Close up entry points: now you’re ready to block all entry points which will include wall cracks & holes, windows, doors, and more.
- Call a professional exterminator: if these steps don’t rid your home of rodents, then consider hiring a professional rodent exterminator. They will have professional measures to rid your home of mice and rats.
2). Bed Bugs
Bed bugs have become a scourge and are the second most common pests in homes. One of the problems with bed bugs is that they are extremely small, and you may only find out your home is infested after begin bitten. These tiny pests are very difficult to get rid of.
Signs of a bed bug infestation can include:
- Blood: after they bite, these bugs eject the blood they’ve eaten. For this reason, you may find blood stains on the mattress or even other furniture such as a sofa or chairs.
- Fecal dirt: these resemble black stains and are the bed bug’s excrement. This is also often found on the mattress and sheets, or even under the bed.
- Eggs: you may find eggs around areas where the pests are living.
- Bites: you may wake up in the morning covered with itchy red spots that resemble pimples.
- Bed bugs: you may find the actual bugs. Yuck!
We understand this will be horribly upsetting for you, but there are some steps you can take to get rid of the bugs:
Don’t throw the mattress away: this is usually the first thing you’d like to do; however, you’ll only end up spreading the infection to someone else. If other pieces of furniture are affected, don’t get rid of them so you don’t spread the problem.
Don’t sleep in another room: bed bugs will follow you, as you are their source of food.
Wash all bedding, clothing, linen: put all clothing, sheets, linens, the mattress cover into a plastic bag. This will help to keep the bed bugs and their eggs. Next, wash everything in water at a temperature setting of 60 C.
Call a professional bed bug exterminator: bed bugs can be extremely difficult to get rid of. If these steps don’t rid your home of the infestation, then it’s time to call in a professional exterminator who specialises in getting rid of bed bugs. The most helpful treatment is the heat treatment. This usually results in 100% eradication of the problem, whereas chemicals may kill most of the bugs, but some will survive. The heat treatment uses temperatures up to 56 C which kills the adult bed bugs and their eggs.
These are bugs that have survived for millions of years, which means they’ve learned how to survive and thrive in all types of conditions—from wars and more.
- Droppings: you’ll notice some small things that resemble a rice grain and are a black colour. These are most often found in cluster of two or three.
- Cockroach eggs: these bugs can lay up to 50 eggs, which are brown and shaped like an oval. If you open a drawer or cabinet, and see something that looks like dirt, it could be roach eggs.
- Musty smell: cockroaches have a musty smell that is quite unpleasant. You won’t miss this smell.
Here are some steps you can take if roaches have infested your home:
- Try to find their hiding places
- Clean the kitchen completely, including all surfaces (countertop, table, inside cabinets, and floors). Actually, your entire house should be deep-cleaned .
- Place traps: you can buy traps that include bait, or sprays that produce a residue that remains on surfaces, and other chemicals. Avoid natural treatments, as these aren’t effective, unless you’d like to try Borax.
- Contact a professional cockroach exterminator: when all else fails, call in a professional cockroach exterminator.
These are some of the most common types of pests that can cause problems in your home. When your efforts to rid your home of pests don’t work, then be sure to call in a professional. They’ll be able to rid your home of many types of pests, and make sure the pests don’t return for a very long time.