How to Detect Pests in Your Home

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Ants rarely travel alone, and their colonies are never far away.


Damage caused by pests can be expensive, so it’s always a good idea to make basic, regular checks on your property to prevent problems before it’s too late. A bad case of termites or carpenter ants can destroy your property completely and it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of them to stop this from happening.


So how do these annoying little critters find their way into your home? Usually through gaps or cracks in the walls, an open door or window, or a pile up of junk.

Basically, many ways that could have been prevented with a little care. Make sure you schedule regular pest control checks, especially if you live in a rural area, have a large backyard, or neighbors with a termite problem.

Keep in mind that if you see one mouse, one cockroach, or one millipede; the chances are that there are more. So if you think you may have a pest infestation, you’ll need to call a professional exterminator to visit your home. In the meantime, be on the lookout for the following signs:


Piles of what look like brown rice are most likely indications of mouse droppings and you’ll need to be careful when cleaning them up, as mice and rats can spread diseases. Termites leave what look like piles of sawdust inside or outside your home. These are actually called frass, and are produced as these nasty little bugs chomp their way through infested wood. Carpenter ants also leave similar droppings and cause just as much damage, so watch out for them as well.


Bubbled and blistered paint, soft and risen wood, and parts of the floor that are squishy can all be signs of pests. You may also have water damage or dampness, but as this can be equally harmful, it’s always good to find the source of the problem as soon as possible, so you know if you need a plumber or a pest control expert.

Mud Tubes

Mud tubes or tunnels look like little brown cracks at the foundation of your house. If you see these appearing, you may have a case of subterranean termites. This is one of the most destructive types, so always be sure to check your foundation well and find out if you live in an area prone to these types of termites.

Swarms of Insects

Swarms of insects is never a good sign. But if you notice that there are more buzzing insects around than usual, then it could be that you have a bee’s nest or a hornet’s nest in your home. If you do find a nest, proceed with caution. It’s usually best not to try removing it yourself as bees and hornets can be aggressive.


Hollow Wood

Termites and carpenter ants eat your wood from the inside out. What does that mean? That it can take longer to detect their presence because what looks like perfectly healthy wood is actually hollow or rotten inside. Tap your wooden pillars and walls and listen out for the sound; if it’s hollow, it’s time to call the professionals.

You can’t always prevent pests from entering your home, but the sooner you detect them the better, so make sure you look after your home and get other family members to be on pest detection duty as well.


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  1. Thanks for the tips. Damages from pests can range from very minimal to extreme, so it’s best not to take any chances once a pest has been spotted. The sooner they are gotten rid of, the sooner you can have peace of mind for your home.

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