How to Identify Signs of Pests in Your Home

Have you ever found yourself playing detective as you hold up a magnifying glass to pieces of dust trying to determine if they’re rat droppings or not?

It’s easy to get paranoid about signs of pests in your home when you don’t know what to look for. However, once you know the real signs of common household bugs and rodents, you’ll be better equipped to quickly identify the infestation and call in pest control services.

Remember, the faster you call for pest removal, the more effective it’ll be!

Signs of a Cockroach Infestation

The insidious thing about a cockroach infestation is that it’s easy not to notice you have one until their numbers explode. These tenacious pests can take refuge in the deepest nooks and crannies, beneath floorboards, and behind cupboards and reproduce quickly: a single cockroach egg capsule contains between 30-40 eggs!

However, the good news is that they tend to congregate in areas near water, so the areas you have to pay the most attention to are your kitchen and bathroom. If you start to notice reddish-brown smear marks on your tiles, then you can be sure you have a cockroach infestation.

Other signs of cockroach pests in your home include finding shed skins, egg sacs, as well as an increasingly musty odour in your kitchen and/or bathroom.

Signs of Rodent Infestation

With the onslaught of fall, you have to be vigilant for any sign of rodent infestation as armies of mice seek shelter from the winter. Dozens of them could be lurking in your walls and in your foundations as we speak…

Luckily, the signs of a rodent infestation are relatively obvious. The first thing you might notice are mouse droppings in cupboards and underneath cabinets, as well as bite marks on cables, insulation and food containers, like bags of pet food.

If you wake up in the night to the sounds of scratching inside you walls, don’t dismiss it as a nightmare. Mice are most active at night, and the more intense the scratching, the larger your rodent infestation is.


Have you found these or other signs of pests in your home? Call Terminix Canada Pest Control Services for rapid, effective pest removal. For 20 years, Terminix has provided the top pest control in Toronto and we can identify and rid you of all common household bugs.

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