When pests invade, it can be tricky to identify the source of the problem. Different insects and pests do different kinds of damage, so knowing what to watch for can help you identify the problem at hand. Identifying the pest, controlling the problem, and recruiting help from professionals like GC PEST CONTROL.
Termites are small insects that cause damage by eating through plant material (cellulose), which means that all homes are at risk. Woody materials like home foundations, furniture, walls, and even books can be eaten and damaged by termite colonies.
Signs of termite infestations include swarms of the insects, discarded wings, frass (droppings), bubbling paint, wood that sounds hollow, and mud tubes on exterior walls. Eliminating moisture problems and removing food sources can help protect your home, and professionals should be notified as soon as possible in order to remove termites.
Ants generally enter homes seeking food or shelter and exist in colonies. Noticing and following an ant trail will lead you to the nest—you might need to look under vegetation or mulch. By eliminating the nest, you eliminate the infestation.
Fleas are often found in homes with pets, and the infestations are generally easy to identify. Scratching pets, jumping fleas, small red and black spots in carpets or on pets, and other signs of the insects indicate a problem. Treating your pet, yourself, and your home is the best way to eliminate the problem; an aggressive approach is most effective. Thoroughly clean the area, treat your pet with flea-eliminating products, and have your home treated.
Bedbugs, the dreaded infestation that makes headlines, are generally picked up in luggage, on your belongings, or even on your person. Once you bring them into your home, they can be difficult to control, so early identification and professional treatments are the best way to prevent costly infestations. Small bugs the size of apple seeds, case skins left behind, brown defecation stains, and bedbug bites are signs that the insects have entered your home. Thoroughly clean your home to locate the insects, wash and dry linens on hot settings, and inspect luggage and belongings after traveling. Contact your pest control company as soon as you notice any signs of bedbugs. Inspections, treatment, and close monitoring should soon follow.
Birds are known carriers for various diseases, so when they become a problem in your home, it is better to leave the removal to the professionals. Bird droppings can corrode paint, their nests can be damaging to walls and homes and can clog drains, and birds can be loud and disruptive. Each home can be treated with a specific bird prevention plan, taking into account the kinds of birds in your neighborhood and the location in your home.
Squirrels can enter homes through the tiniest cracks and holes, and the infestations can be quite damaging. Squirrels can chew through electrical wires, wood, insulation, and pretty much anything that isn’t metal. Droppings, chewed-through belongings, rustling noises in attics and walls, and other signs of squirrel infestations should be noted and reported immediately. Never try to catch a squirrel on your own, since wild animals can be dangerous.
When to Call the Professionals
Any home will have a few insects here and there. They can be treated and removed very quickly and easily. When it reaches the level of infestation, it is best to leave things to experienced professionals like GC PEST CONTROL.
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