The key to enjoying a pest-free home in any season is catching an infestation early and turning to the experts. This spring, as you’re cleaning out your home from the dust and dreariness of winter, keep an eye out, and you may be able to avoid the consequences of a pest infestation like illness or damage. In today’s blog, we’re outlining a few things you should look for this spring. If you notice any of the following signs, contact PestLock right away, and make sure you can enjoy this bright new season without the threat of pests!

Damaged Food Packaging

There are a multitude of pests that will snack on your pantry staples given the chance, from beetles to roaches. If you find torn, shredded, or chewed food packages, you should first throw away those items, since they are likely contaminated. Then, contact a professional pest control team like PestLock, because damaged packaging is a good sign that you have unwelcome guests in your home helping themselves to your food.

Droppings

While you’re cleaning out your cabinets and other corners you neglected during the winter, look for any signs of animal or insect droppings. Larger pests, like cockroaches and rats, will leave signs that may be distinguishable from ordinary dust and debris. Smaller cockroach droppings will look similar to coffee grounds or black pepper, and the larger specimens will leave signs with more of a cylindrical shape. Rodent droppings should be larger still and more recognizable.

Be incredibly cautious if you do find such signs! Rodent droppings can transmit the Hanta virus, which can trigger a dangerous, fast-moving, and potentially deadly illness. Your safest option is to let the trained technicians from PestLock handle the evidence and recommend a plan for taking care of the cause.

Holes in the Walls

It’s natural for homes to develop cracks, openings, and other flaws over time. However, you want to watch for these signs, because they can become entry points for all kinds of pests. You may also spot places where pests made their own entrances, whether it’s carpenter ants burrowing into the windowsill or holes chewed through the walls by mice or rats. Sealing these holes without a second thought can lead to some unpleasant consequences, so schedule a consultation with our team at first sight, and we can help you determine the best course of action.

Nests

Established nests or scattered nesting materials are also signs that you should contact a pest control company. While cleaning around the house, look for unexplained messes like tufts of insulation or shredded paper, which can indicate a nest being built. There is also a possibility that a few rodents or insects snuggled up into the more neglected corners of your house during the winter, and you may notice these nests in dark corners of the basement, your attic, or the garage.

The Pests Themselves

The number one sign that you should call PestLock is when you see an insect or rodent in person. In many cases, that one pest is a warning sign of a much larger problem, especially for those like ants that live in colonies. Traps and store-bought pesticides can only do so much, and when used incorrectly, can possibly harm you, your family, or your pets. If you spot an unintended guest scuttling around the corner, take action sooner rather than later, and contact your trusted Pacific Northwest pest control team.

PestLock is dedicated to helping families throughout Oregon and Washington live worry-free with effective pest control services. We are equipped to handle a range of problems, from bed bugs and pantry pests to rodents and termites. Explore our pest library to learn more about the threats you may face here in the Pacific Northwest, and contact our team today to schedule an inspection! We are here to help, and we look forward to helping you achieve a pest-free home.