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Pesky Visitors? 4 Signs You Need a Pest Control Expert

A relatively small pest infestation can turn into an expensive problem in the blink of an eye, and that is why you need to keep an eye out for any signs of pesky visitors. When those infestations aren’t taken care of right away, they often result in costly property damage and serious health risks. Here is a quick glimpse at four signs that you might have unwanted pests on your property.

Grease Tracks

Once rodents establish a path to food or water, they tend to use that path every single day. Over the course of a few weeks, their preferred track will usually become stained and greasy. While a stray rodent generally isn’t a major problem, these animals can carry a wide variety of diseases, and you should immediately contact a pest control expert if you find any greasy or discolored tracks in your home. Those tracks can also be caused by larger insects like beetles and cockroaches.


Almost every pest is going to leave piles of droppings near their source of food or water. At least a few times a year, you should go through every room in your home and look for any piles of droppings. Some pests will leave small droppings that look like wood dust while others will leave larger black pellets. In addition to inspecting the inside of your home, you should also look for droppings around any outdoor sheds and workshops that are on your property.

Chewed Items

Rodents and insects chew on a wide variety of materials including food items, cardboard, electrical wires, rugs, and paper products. Some pests will even gnaw on harder objects to sharpen and hone their teeth, and you should keep an eye out for any items that are frayed or damaged. If any of the food in your pantry or kitchen appears to be damaged, then you must throw it out immediately. You should also sterilize any kitchenware that these pests have come into contact with.

Unusual Smells

Unwanted pests can produce a wide range of unpleasant odors, and that is one of the reasons why you should never ignore any unusual smells in your home. Those smells are usually quite noticeable in closed off areas like a crawlspace or attic. They might also become more prominent when it is raining or particularly humid outside. If the pests leave behind food, then you will probably notice a rotting smell as well.

While rodent and insect infestations can be quite overwhelming, a pest control expert should be able to keep most of those visitors off your property. As a general rule, homeowners should contact one of those experts at least twice a year for preventative pest control services.

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