Most of the time, if you have a pest control problem, it is pretty obvious. You’ll find the tell-tale signs of insects, rodents or other pests as you go about your daily activities. You may see the remains of dead or dying insects, find evidence of something being gnawed or chewed, discover identifiable droppings, or even come upon the beady-eyed little pests themselves.
While each of these signs of pest infestation is troubling, it is really the things that can’t be readily seen that should be of most concern to Omaha homeowners. Some insect and pest infestations can go on out of sight and cause a significant amount of damage before the untrained eye ever takes notice.
So, what kinds of things should you be looking for? There are a few subtle signs that it may be time to contact a professional exterminator to come and have a look. By themselves, they may seem completely unrelated to insect or pest activity until a deeper inspection uncovers what’s hiding right in plain sight.
By the time you find visual evidence of termite activity or carpenter ants chewing away at the wood in and around your home, a significant amount of damage can have already been done. Termites can chew away at the walls and structures in your home 24 hours a day, weakening the structural integrity and literally destroying the structure-bearing wood that holds up your home. Termites actually consume the wood as food while they chew through your home and they have insatiable appetites. Carpenter ants just tunnel through and leave the sawdust-like residue behind them as they continue to chew away.
Genie Pest Control experts can quickly identify signs of termite or carpenter ant activity and provide professional extermination services right away to minimize the damage that may be taking place right under your nose.
Most homes, especially older ones, have cracks or holes that may provide character, but also an open door to many pests. Cracks and openings near doors, windows or the foundation provide easy entry points for everything from spiders and flying insects to mice and rats.
These same cracks and holes may also be created or made worse by pests as they work inside and within these gaps, pushing through insulation or weatherstripping. It’s almost as if they are building the openings necessary for hundreds of their pest friends and relatives to find their way into your home, too.
A professional pest control expert like Genie Pest Control can help point out the gaps and cracks that come from or encourage pest activity and provide the appropriate recommendations and services to eliminate the problem.
Frayed or chewed wiring is not just a potential shock or fire hazard, it can also be evidence of rodent activity in the home. Mice and rats by nature are gnawers and chewers and there are few things they enjoy more than sharpening their teeth on the electrical cords inside of your home. Keep in mind that many of these wires are hidden behind the walls of your home, making it difficult to see but nonetheless extremely dangerous.
Another place that a professional Omaha exterminator can typically find evidence of pest activity is in places where books or papers are stored. Insects such as roaches, silverfish, earwigs and even termites don’t mind an easy dinner from stored paper, leaving little more than paper dust behind. This is also a common source of insect or rodent nests, where the paper provides the perfect building material and food source to sustain a growing family of other insect and rodent generations..
Without a doubt, it’s difficult to control pest activity if you can’t see the outward signs of infestation. That’s why calling a professional Omaha exterminator to have a look at all the things you can’t see is always a good idea. Call us at (402) 346-7810.