Let’s be honest, it’s not something that each of us wants to think about. Yet, reports show that from January to April 2022, New Yorkers reported 7,400 rat sightings, and an estimated 6,510 were spotted during the same period in 2021.
Can you afford to ignore the signs?
Let’s take a look at six signs of pest infestation to watch out for in your apartment.
1. Mysterious Bites or Stings
It’s easy to overlook the occasional bite or sting, especially if you don’t have any reaction to it. But be on the lookout for more mysterious bites or stings, as they could be a sign of a pest infestation.
If you experience more than just an occasional bite or sting, and you don’t know the source, trust your instincts. If something feels off, there’s probably a not-so-good reason.
2. Unexplained Gatherings of Dead Insects
One of the most frustrating things about pests is that they can be incredibly difficult to spot. This is because pests are, by nature, good at hiding. One of the most common signs that you have a pest problem in your home is the presence of dead insects.
If you start finding dead insects around your home, it is a good indication that there is a pest infestation. This is because the insects are either being killed by the pests or are dying from the pest infestation itself.
3. Unexplained Stains or Spots
If you have unexplained stains or spots in your home, it could be a sign of a pest infestation. If you see unexplained stains or spots on walls, ceilings, or floors, it’s important to investigate further to see if there is an infestation.
Unusual stains or spots could be from droppings or nesting material. The moment you see these signs, it would be best to take action immediately.
4. Unusual Scurrying or Rustling Noises
Scurrying or rustling noises you’re hearing in your home are signs of a pest infestation. There are a number of pests that can infest your home, and each one has its own distinctive sound.
Mice, rats, and cockroaches are just a few of the pests that can make these noises. If you hear these noises, it’s important to take action immediately to get rid of the pests. Otherwise, they will continue to multiply and cause more damage to your home.
5. Unusual Smells
These smells can range from musty and foul to sweet and sickly, depending on the type of pests present.
One good example is signs of cockroaches hiding. If you notice any unusual smells in your home, it’s a good idea to take a closer look to see if there are any signs of pests.
6. Changes in the Behavior of Pets
Changes in your pet’s behavior, such as increased scratching, can be a sign that there are pests present.
If pets are suddenly avoiding certain areas of the home, it could be because they are sensing the presence of pests. Other changes in behavior to look for include increased anxiety, aggression, and lethargy.
What to Do on Early Signs of Pest Infestation
If you notice any of these six signs of pest infestation in your home, don’t hesitate to call a professional. Pest control companies have the experience and tools to safely and effectively eliminate the problem.
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- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.