Signs You May Have a Pest Problem

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Strange Noises

Before you even see anything, there’s a chance you might hear a pest that’s entered your home. Many rodents and bugs are more active at night, traveling under floorboards or inside walls, so don’t write off every strange noise you hear as your plumbing or heating system! Be particularly vigilant of any unexpected sounds coming from crawlspaces or attics; because they get little traffic, these areas are common hideouts for a number of different pests.



Musky Odors

High-traffic areas that pests travel through, such as the kitchen or bathroom, may eventually start to have a distinct smell. Mice and other rodents tend to leave behind a musky odor or the hint of ammonia. Some people have described roaches as leaving behind an oily scent. If you catch a whiff of something unpleasant, be sure to investigate. Finding the source could lead you to more concrete evidence of your unwanted guests.

Mysterious Damage

One of the tell-tale signs of a rodent infestation is the sudden appearance of bite-marks throughout your home. Mice and rat teeth never stop growing, so they constantly gnaw on things to wear them down. As a result, you might find chunks of things disappearing! Wiring, insulation, wood and even pipes are all susceptible. Termites also chew through the wood of your house’s infrastructure, but they tend to make their home inside the walls. Be on the lookout for sagging floors or damaged wooden furniture.


If pests are eating things inside your home they’re going to be leaving things behind, as well. Rodents will leave behind fairly obvious fecal matter, and any area they urinate in will have a distinct smell. Bug droppings, on the other hand, might be a bit harder to notice; most tend to leave what looks like ground coffee granules. Termite pellets resemble small balls of sawdust, but they can also leave behind shed wings. The droppings of any pest can carry dangerous bacteria and other pathogens, so be sure to clean the contaminated area thoroughly.


After following any of the other signs, you’re likely to find the source of your pest infestation: their nest. Smell and sound are the easiest trails to follow, but it’s possible you might even stumble upon a nest before noticing anything else. Most pests like to make their home in darker areas with less human activity, such as behind appliances or within your home’s infrastructure. If you do stumble across a nest, don’t try to handle it on your own; frightened animals are likely to bite or scurry away into some other area of your house. Instead, call a professional as soon as possible.


Pest Control in Columbia and Charleston

If you have a pest problem, contact Home Pest Control today. We offer a variety of residential and commercial pest control solutions, including:

  • Termite treatment
  • Mosquito protection
  • Bed bug control

We’ve been proudly serving South Carolinians for 55 years, and truly believe in protecting you, your home and your family.


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Written By: Home Pest

December 6, 2017

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