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When Should I Call the Exterminator?Posted March 17, 2022

That’s what every homeowner wonders when they find signs of bugs or rodents – “Should I call for pest control,” “When is pest control needed?” or “Can I handle it myself?”

That answer is going to depend upon a few factors.

Do You Really Need an Exterminator?

For certain pests, you absolutely need an exterminator. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eliminate. Worse, a re-infestation is all too easy if an incomplete job is done. Hiring pest control professionals guarantees the work gets done.

If the problem is stinging insects nesting in your yard, pest control is highly recommended. The same goes for any type of potentially dangerous insect – such as if you suspect a brown recluse spider problem.

If you live with young children, elderly people, pets, or those who are sick or immuno-compromised, professional pest experts are also a smart choice. First, you want to ensure the problem is eliminated as quickly as possible. Second, DIY pest control could over-saturate your space or use the wrong treatment.

When Should You Call an Exterminator?

If you or someone in your home is allergic to bites from a given insect – such as spider bites, wasp stings, etc. – then professional pest control is the smart decision. Allergies and asthma can also be exacerbated by pest infestations. If you or someone in your household suffers from asthma, droppings from pests like mice and cockroaches can trigger asthma attacksespecially in children.

If you think you have bed bugs, calling an experienced pest control technician is important because bed bugs are notoriously hard to fully eliminate. This also applies to bugs that cause structural damage – like termites, carpenter ants, and carpenter bees. The average homeowner doesn’t have the experience or tools to find and thoroughly eliminate such an infestation.

While you’re not necessarily going to call for pest professionals when you see a fly or two in your home, seeing one or two of other creatures can be a sign that there may be an infestation in your home. If you see mice, ants, and rats in your home, a licensed professional should be called.

In the case of mice, that’s especially true if you see one in your home during the daytime. Because mice are nocturnal, seeing one during the day often means their nest is crowded. Considering how quickly mice breed – up to 10 times a year – it’s safe to still assume the worst regardless of what time of day the mouse is spotted.

If you find large amounts of ladybugs inside your home, that can indicate another type of bug infestation in your home. Ladybugs are known as the “gardener’s friend” because they eat aphids, but ladybugs also eat other pests. While a stray ladybug could accidentally end up inside your house, large amounts mean that your home has an infestation of insects that ladybugs like to eat… such as mites or whiteflies.

Similarly, if you find several spiders in your home, it could be a sign that you have another pest problem. Spiders feed on insects, so if they’re thriving inside your house, then it’s because the spiders have a good food source. A professional can determine what that is and eliminate it – as well as ensure that it’s not a venomous spider.

If you hear a tapping or scratching sound in your walls, it’s time to call professional pest services. Tapping sounds can indicate termites. Scratching or scurrying sounds can indicate mice or rats in your walls.

Similarly, finding certain items (especially in out-of-the-way places) can be signs of an infestation. Unexplained shredded paper or cloth in corners and dark places can mean a mice or rat problem. This is especially true if you found what looks like spilled black sesame seeds. Those are actually mouse droppings.

Tiny pellets the color of wood are probably frass… which is the name for termite droppings. Mud tubes on your home’s foundation and outside walls are another sign of termites. While treating an infestation sooner is always better, that is especially important when termites are involved.

Call Fox Pest Control If You Think You Have Pest Problems

Many pest problems exist long before you see the signs – and can make it very hard to find the main infestation. For peace of mind, contact Fox Pest Control for an inspection as soon as you suspect there may be a problem. For more information, schedule a consultation today.

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