Signs of a Spring Pest Infestation & What to Do About It

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Spring is well on its way, and that means the flowers and animals are starting to wake up—and the bugs, too! If you’ve kept up your pest control services throughout the winter, you probably won’t have much to worry about. If you haven’t, however, you could be in for a rude awakening in the form of a pest infestation. 

Keep reading for some tips from the experts on recognizing the signs of a pest infestation—and tips on what to do if you find one!

Recognizing a Pest Infestation

The most obvious sign of a pest infestation is, of course, seeing lots of pests! But many pests are great at hiding, and you won’t see them until they’ve completely taken over your home. Here are some not-so-obvious signs to watch out for. 

A Bad Smell

You’ve done all your spring cleaning—you’ve taken the trash out, scrubbed all the dishes, and cleaned the carpet. So, why is there still a bad smell hanging around your house? This could be a sign that you have squirrels, rats, or mice living in your home! Oftentimes, they’ll take up residence inside your walls, and when one or more dies inside the walls, you’ll smell it. 

Holes in Food Packaging

Are you noticing tears, rips, or holes in your food containers  you didn’t make yourself? This could be a sign that rodents or insects are getting their fill inside your pantry! This sign is especially problematic, since it could attract even more pests to your home. 

Wood Damage

As you’re cleaning around your doors and window sills, look out for any holes in the wood or sawdust lying around. This is a telltale sign of wood-damaging pests like carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, or termites. 

Outdoor Damage

Pests belong outdoors, so don’t be too worried if you see them in and around your yard. It’s important, however, to keep an eye out for any structural damage, cracks, holes, etc. around the outside of your house. This could mean those outdoor pests are trying to find a way inside. 

Of course, not all yard pests should be tolerated! If you find yourself dealing with annoying pests like mosquitoes, or potentially dangerous pests like wasps, it’s time to call the professionals. 

How to Deal with a Pest Infestation

There are a lot of things you can do to help prevent pest infestations. Keeping your home clean and tidy, taking out trash regularly, not leaving food out and cleaning up crumbs, and vacuuming often can all help deter pests from moving in. 

If you already have a pest infestation, however, getting rid of them on your own becomes a little more difficult! The most efficient and safest thing to do is to call a professional pest control company. At Vulcan Termite & Pest Control, we handle all sorts of pests quickly and responsibly! If you’ve noticed some signs of a pest infestation, it’s time to get it under control now. Give us a call today!