Pests come in all shapes, sizes, and colours. Depending on where your home is, you could be susceptible to a whole range of creatures looking to enter your home. Rodents, wasps, bed bugs, carpenter ants…the list seems almost endless. Nobody’s asking you to memorize the diet, habitat, and lifestyle of each of these pests. That’s something best left to the residential pest control experts. You would, however, be wise to learn a little about the most common pests, and the signs of damage within your home. If you recognize the evidence inside your home, you’ll be able to deal with it immediately by calling our Truly Nolen team.
The Damage Pests Can Cause
The damage that pests cause to homes throughout Canada should not be underestimated. In the United States, termites alone are believed to cause around $5 billion dollars of house damage every year. And that’s just one pest. As the seasons change their behaviour changes and they’ll do their best to find a way inside your home.
Rodents can chew through electrical wiring and disrupt your electrical system. They could even create a fire hazard in doing so. If they make their way into your attic, they’ll cause damage to insulation and potentially to the walls of your home. Rats rummaging up and down your pipes and sewage system can also cause damage to your internal plumbing. Rodents are one of the most dangerous pests when it comes to structural damage inside your home.
Squirrels, like rodents, have the ability to chew through parts of your home in order to gain access to your attic. Termites and carpenter ants can quite literally eat your home inside out. And don’t forget about bed bugs, cockroaches, and other insect pests. They can quickly spread throughout your home and infest just about all of the furniture you own.
Carpenter ants are serial offenders in the Toronto area. If you find any piles of shaved wood in the shape of pencil shavings, you’re in big trouble. Carpenter ants work their way through wooden beams meticulously and even remove the clippings at an entry point. Termites, on the other hand, consume the cellulose found in wood. They won’t leave any clippings behind, but they’ll leave droppings and muddy trails wherever they go.
Rats are a serious problem too. If you find droppings near any food or food packages, it’s likely that rodents have found a way inside your home. You’re also likely to hear rats running up your walls and down your pipes. Cracks and holes will become worse as rats use them as entry and exit points around your home. If you find scraps of paper, leaves, twigs, or any other materials which can be used as a nest near your attic, then you’ve probably got a colony of rats upstairs.
Truly Nolen’s Four-Seasons Approach
These are only some of the most common signs of pest damage inside your home. If you find any of these signs of damage, it’s important that you contact Truly Nolen straight away. Our experienced team will quickly recognize what they’re dealing with and will know where to treat first.
Our unique Four-Seasons Approach is our residential pest control solution which protects you year-round. This proactive program protects you from pests during every season. We recognize that pests behave differently throughout the year. With this combination of advanced application and quality materials we make sure that no matter the weather, pests won’t be able to find a way inside your home. Call us today for a free quote and find out how we can help.