Some insects are so small and skittish, that they only come out at night or when you’re not around. Mice like to hide in the attic or the walls. Cockroaches often hide in dark, damp places. Generally, you’ll see signs that you have hidden pests, but you do have to know what youâ€™re looking for. Here are five pests that may invade your home and how to notice the signs.
Bed bugs are just 4 to 5 mm long and flat and oval in shape. You may notice bites on your legs or see reddish stains on your bed sheets before you realize you have them. Contrary to their name, they can hide in baseboards, couches, suitcases and even theater chairs. Don’t mess around with these pests because they reproduce at expedient rates. Even without food, they can live up to 140 days. Talk to a professional pest management company for the most effective treatment methods.
There are roughly 1,000 species of ants in Oklahoma. These social creatures live in colonies. When you see one or two, they might just be scouts foraging for food. When you see more, you probably have a problem. You have to attack the source, the colony, to get rid of the infestation. Itâ€™s important not only to figure out where theyâ€™re living, but also to identify the correct species. Ant nests resemble small piles of dirt or soil. You may actually see a line of worker ants carrying food back to the colony.
Probably the most common pest in homes across Tulsa are cockroaches. They transmit bacteria-causing disease. Doctors are also identifying cockroaches as an allergen source. As with any pest, these bugs can be extremely difficult to exterminate on your own. Professional pest management technicians are your best bet to control roaches. Signs that you have a roach infestation include seeing their feces, which resemble black pepper or coffee droppings or smelling something unpleasant that you can’t identify.
Termites are also a colony pest. You may see termites flying around, but beware, because these pests could be carpenter ants. You may hear the termites in the walls of your home before you see them. Itâ€™s a clicking sound when they bang their head on the wall. You may also hear the workers eating the wood. Termites are also mistaken for white ants. The wood of your home may have a papery feel or sound hollow. Termites are nothing to mess with on your own. Professional termite extermination is recommended.
Small mice need a hole just the size of a dime to wriggle through to set up shop. These pests reproduce quickly, so in just a few weeks, you could have a whole colony. The most obvious signs are rodent droppings, especially around where theyâ€™re feeding and gnaw marks in your cupboard on boxes or packages. But you may also smell a foul odor. Your cat or dog might be very interested in the area where a nest has been made. You could see the nest of shredded paper or fabric.