Don't Overlook These Signs That Your Home Needs a Pest Inspection

No homeowner wants to think that their house could be infested with any type of pest, but even the cleanest and newest home may eventually become overrun with mice and other rodents, termites, snakes and the like. It's good to have the home inspected and then fumigated as quickly as possible if you do suspect a pest infestation to keep those pests from causing damage to the home or bringing dangerous germs and diseases inside. Note a few signs that are easy to overlook when it comes to a possible pest infestation so you can call a pest control company if you ever notice these yourself.


Don't assume that the sounds you hear from the attic are just acorns on the roof or the home shifting and settling; a rolling sound from the upper stories often means that there are squirrels in the home. These rodents can nest in the attic and then breed, quickly leading to an infestation.

Rustling sounds in the basement or anywhere on the first floor usually means a snake in the home, and scratching sounds from behind walls indicate rodents. Have any of these sounds checked as soon as you notice them.

Soft floors

You might assume that termites only chew through the wood of your home's framework, but these insects can also eat through floorboards and joists, causing the floors to become soft. If you walk across the floor and notice any soft or sloping areas, or if you hear creaking, squeaking, groaning and other such noises, have the subfloors checked for potential termite damage. Even if termites are not the cause, you want to have those floors repaired as soon as possible so they don't become even weaker over time.

Fresh holes in the baseboards

Rodents often chew and gnaw on a home's drywall to create holes and tunnels for burrowing, so if you're cleaning your home's floors and notice holes in the baseboards, this often means that the home has mice or rats. You may also notice black markings and smears near the holes; these are left by the rodents squeezing into the area or as they chew around it to create the hole. Note that these holes don't need to be very big; smaller mice can fit through a hole just a few inches or centimetres across. It's also not good to simply close up the hole, as you want to have the home fumigated or have any rodents in the home trapped and removed.