5 Ways To Identify You Have A Pest Problem

By Ann Hills / a couple of years ago

There are all kinds of different pests that can potentially cause problems in your home. It is really important to identify the signs of pests as early as possible so that you can take action before the problem exacerbates into a full blown infestation. The sooner you take steps to eradicate unwanted pests in your home, the better your chances of controlling the problem. Each kind of pest has its own telltale signs so by staying constantly vigilant, you will be able to take proactive measures. In this easy to follow guide, we will explain 5 ways to identify if you have a pest problem.

1. Look Out For Droppings

One of the most noticeable signs that you have a pest problem are the droppings that pests leave around your home. Two of the most common (and least welcome) household pests that are cockroaches and rodents. Cockroaches are naturally shy and elusive and tend to stay near the edge of rooms and in dark places, and so their droppings are usually found in corners of rooms and doorways or in cupboards or drawers. Cockroach droppings are easy to identify and will either appear like ground coffee when left by small cockroaches or like grains of brown rice when left by larger ones.

Rats and mice are a common problem in many homes and contrary to misconceptions, their presence usually has nothing to do with the cleanliness of your house. Often, they are just looking for somewhere warm to live. Rodent droppings are also easy to identify and if you regularly find them in your home, you may need to consider calling in pest control. The droppings are brown, rice shaped pellets about the length of a small paperclip.

2. Damage To Your Property


Another telltale sign that you have pests in your home is damage to your furniture and other things in your house. Rodents will often gnaw away at your furniture, rugs, clothing and electrical wires. At first when they find the damage, many people don’t realize that it is rodents causing the damage and they wrongly attribute it to general wear and tear. It is really important to identify the rodent issue and deal with it quickly. Termites are another pest that can be identified by the damage they cause. Termites live inside the wooden structures in your home and eat away at it from the inside. The resulting damage looks very similar to water damage so if you notice this it is very important to get it looked at by a professional pest control team.

The consequences of leaving a rodent infestation unchecked are far greater than just some teeth marks on your table legs. When rats and mice chew through electrical wires, they pose a real risk of starting an electrical fire. When they chew on the wiring it causes a short circuit and the resulting sparks can easily set fire to the carpet or nearby furniture. If a termite problem is left resolved, they can do significant damage to the structure of your home. This can be very expensive to fix once the problem has gone too far and can even make your home unsafe, so it is vital to catch it early. 

3. Strange Sounds

One sign of the presence of pests that is often overlooked is rustling and scratching that you hear at night. Most homes have their own unique set of creaks and groans and pest noises are often just put down to being normal house sounds or even the wind. Most pests are usually very shy and will only come out at night and so hearing strange sounds is one of the best ways to tell that you have a pest problem. The location of the sound is usually a good indication of what kind of pests you have. Rodents will scamper along the walls or across the ceiling, whilst rustling sounds coming from inside the walls is often an indicator of termites or carpenter ants chewing away on your home.

4. Seeing One Pest

It’s a commonly accepted fact that when you see one cockroach in your home, there are likely many more hiding in your home. Cockroaches will only usually come out at night, so especially if you see one in the day, there is a significant chance that you have a much bigger infestation. This is also true with many other types of pests as seeing one often indicates that the infestation is so big that all the members of the colony can no longer fit in the nest and have had to leave to find a new home. Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to see because they just look like tiny brown specks but if you find one lone specimen in your sheets, it is highly likely that you have a bigger bed bug problem.

5. Strange Smells

The last indicator that you may have a pest problem are strange smells that you cannot identify or attribute to anything. Different types of pets cause different smells in your home and it is always worth knowing what to look out for. Rats and mice will often urinate in your home and the smell of their urine is very distinct. Mice urine smells quite musty while rat urine smells strongly of ammonia. Cockroaches and their droppings can be really smelly and many pest control experts describe the smell as being like “fecal soy sauce”. Bed bugs actually have an unpleasant sweet smell which some people say smells similar to coriander. If you notice any of these smells, especially if you have other signs of pests in your home, it may be time to call in the professionals.

There are so many different types of pest that can invade our home and an infestation can cause serious issues if left untreated. Pest resources suggest Identifying a pest problem as early as possible is vital in order to take effective preventative measures. Look out for the signs laid out in this guide and if you notice any of them, contact a professional pest control team immediately.

About the author

Ann Hills

My name is Ann Hills and I am a food blogger and a yoga teacher. When I was a child, I often got around my mother and watched her cooking in our kitchen. My mom always says to me that: “Kitchen is the heart of any home”. I strongly believe in her saying that’s reason why I prefer spending my money to make my home better than other stuff.

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