As many “snowbirds” begin returning to their winter homes, it’s an important time to remind winter dwellers that their second homes may have been “occupied” by critters such as termites, spiders, cockroaches and ants while they were away.
Nobody enjoys opening up a cabinet or entering a room that has not been used for months, only to find that pests have taken up residence while they were away. That’s why it’s important to properly pest-proof your home before you leave, so nature doesn’t find its way in through cracks, crevices, holes, vents and chimneys.
Here are a few tips for inspecting your home for signs that pests may have taken up residence during the summer months while you were away:
- Look for signs of pests that may have entered your home and died while you were away. Termites, ants, spiders and cockroaches may not have survived the entire time you were away, as evidenced by carcasses or body parts left lying around. Check near window sills, in your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and garage for this tell-tale sign of a pest infestation.
- Check for droppings. Another sign that pests may have invaded while you were away (and may, in fact, still be invading) are pest droppings. Check all rooms, particularly those that have access to a water supply, for droppings that are typically brown or black in color and look similar to coffee grounds.
- Infestations don’t always occur indoors. Be sure to check outside living spaces as well for signs that pests may have raided while you were away. Carports, garages and outdoor patio areas are often locations that pests occupy. Signs such as remains, droppings, egg casings and wood shavings are usually left near decaying wood as well as near light and water sources.
If you find any of these signs and would like to schedule a free pest inspection, contact the experts at Massey Services today. Massey’s Pest Prevention program focuses on the outside of your home to prevent pests from getting inside your home all year – even when you’re out of town!