Pest Control Service
Finding pests in your home can sometimes be very alarming. It can be difficult to determine whether or not the pests you are seeing are evidence of a larger infestation or just a few stray bugs. Much like a sudden ache or pain leaves you wondering if you should see a doctor, you may be unsure about whether or not calling a pest control company is a good idea.
The truth is, there is no hard and fast rule to determine whether or not pest activity in your home is a larger problem or not. There are simply too many potential variables to be able to make any definitive judgments without a professional inspection.
Due to this, it can often help to call your pest control provider and get their take on your current pest situation. However, this presents its own problems. Since you probably aren’t a pest expert, it can be difficult to identify what kind of pests are in your home from the thousands of possible options. This can make it difficult for you to describe your situation and the advice you get may not be as precise.
To help mitigate this problem, we wanted to go over some of the basic information a pest control expert needs to identify a pest and determine the severity and nature of a pest problem. With this guide, you will be better able to identify your pest problem and accurately relay it to your pest control provider.
So what questions should you be asking when you see pests in your home?
Where are they? And where are they coming from?
When you see pests in your home, the first thing you should note is their location. This will help to narrow down the source of the infestation, the conducive conditions attracting the pests, and the identity of the pests.
As an example, pests often invade kitchens due to the availability of food and moisture. Spilled food, leftovers, or rotten fruit can be a major attraction for flies, roaches, ants, and other scavenging pests. By making your pest control provider aware of the location of the pest problems, you make it much easier for them to identify the reasons that you are dealing with pests as well as where they should focus conducive condition elimination as well as treatment if it is necessary.
Also, pests in certain areas of your home are much more likely to be invaders rather than just stray bugs. Pests in your garage are much more likely to have come from outside, while pests in your bedroom or basement are more likely to be evidence of an internal infestation.
What do the pests look like? And how many are there?
While this one may seem a bit more obvious, it is nonetheless extremely important. While you may not be able to identify the pest without professional expertise, any descriptive information you can give your pest technician will be helpful for them when they are trying to ascertain the source of your pest problems.
Further, the number of pests present is also relevant. Some pests are much more likely to be accidental invaders, that is, pests that enter your home unintentionally. A single spider in your home may just have lost its way while hunting prey, but a large group of spiders may be evidence of an infestation.
Are the pests you are finding alive or dead?
This is particularly important if you have recently had your home treated. Sometimes, homeowners will continue to find pests around their home after it has been treated, and this may make them worry that the treatment was ineffective or not sufficiently comprehensive.
However, it is important to remember that even the most effective treatments take time to work. Finding pests, particularly dead ones, around your home shortly after treatment may just be evidence that the treatment is working and the pests are fleeing their harborages.
This does not always mean you should ignore these pests, however. If your home is being treated for a long-term pest problem such as bed bugs or fleas, seeing these pests after treatment may be a sign that some have survived. Since these types of pests can reproduce rapidly, it is possible for them to return after the treatment is no longer effective, and thus their presence in your home may be a sign that it needs to be treated once again.
As we said before, there is no easy test to determine whether or not pests you find in your home represent a larger issue, but by asking these questions you may be better able to assess your situation. Ultimately, your best course of action when spotting pests is to call in a professional pest control technician to inspect your home. This can help you to identify pest problems quickly and deal with them before they become much worse.
If you are dealing with pests, you want to rely on a reliable pest control service with the experience required to tackle the problem. At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience dealing with bed bugs, wildlife, and many other pests! We provide a wide range of treatment options that are affordable, effective, and backed by our industry leading 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
So make today the last day for pests in your home, give us a call at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help in any way that we can!