Rodents and Pests: When Finding Just One in Your Home Can Mean Bigger Problems
According to the National Institutes of Health, the presence of cockroach allergens in your home can increase the likelihood of asthmatic complications and can cause an allergic reaction over time. The Centers for Disease Control lists over 35 diseases that can be carried by rats and mice. Needless to say, household pests are filthy and a threat to the health of your family. If you've found a pest in your home, how can you know if it is an isolated incident or an infestation? Here are some indications that the pest was not an isolated event.
Cockroaches are nocturnal, so you may only see one or two during the day and think they are coming in from another apartment in the building or were carried into your home by visitors. This can be foolhardy thinking. To find evidence of an infestation, look in dark places such as in little-used cabinets, behind the refrigerator and under the stove. Roach feces, which appears as a small, black grit, is easy to find with a damp paper towel dragged over these areas. If you're finding dead roaches or you can smell an oily, musky scent, you likely have an infestation.
Mice and Rats
Both mice and rats are notorious for chewing, so finding frayed cloth or gnawed plastic is a sign that there is more than one in your home. Mice and rats will also chew into wooden furniture such as bureaus and desks in order to gain access to the interior. If you find a nest, you can be certain it was not a lone mouse or rat.
While some species of spiders are very reclusive and will only hang out in rarely traveled areas, others are far more bold and will invade your living quarters. Look for webs, egg casings and signs of dead insects wrapped in cocoons. If you're finding the same type of spider in a variety of sizes, you likely have an infestation.
Getting Professional Help
While a lone mouse or rat can be trapped and a single spider or roach squashed, infestations should be handled by professionals, like the Corvallis pest control company Pointe Pest. If you have young children or pets in the home, make sure you make that clear to your exterminator. He or she will be happy to formulate a plan for removing the infestation while keeping you and your family healthy.
Pest infestations pose a risk to your health and the health of your family. By keeping these tips in mind, you can discern whether a pest is a lone intruder or part of a greater infestation.
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Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.