Finding the feces of any pests in your home is never a good thing. Properly identifying the feces is important because you need to know what kind of threat you’re dealing with. Crickets and termites are two common pests in the Phoenix area, and their feces can look very similar. However, one pest is just a nuisance, while the other can destroy your home. It’s important to know which you have.
If you see any feces, you should call a Gilbert pest control company right away for a proper inspection and to develop a strategy for pest control.
Crickets are not a huge threat for your home. They are a more a nuisance, causing loud noises and attracting other pests, such as spiders and scorpions, which eat the crickets. If they remain for too long, they can also cause a health concern, though this would be in extreme cases. However, they are not pests that you want to allow to remain in your home.
You can usually tell that crickets are in your home by the noise. But that’s not always a given. You may notice their droppings before you notice their presence. Their droppings are small and black, and they are usually found in spread-out piles. The dropping dry quickly, so it is not easy to tell how long they have been there.
The rule of thumb for any droppings: If you see them, call a pest control company in Mesa. The sooner you take action, the better protected your home will be.
Termites are a much more dangerous problem for your home. They can eat through the materials in your home quickly, causing extensive damage in a relatively short amount of time. Termites are also harder to spot than crickets or many other pests. They don’t make any noise, and they burrow deep into the heart of your home where you don’t see them. Many times, the presence of their feces is the only sign that you have them.
Termite droppings look much like small grains of sand or dirt. You will find the pellets in tall piles, usually along your window sills or near external wood surfaces. Some termite droppings can look like wet coffee grounds; some look like wet sand. Other droppings are rice-shaped and hard. The droppings do not have an odor.
Termites also leave behind wings when they swarm to create a new nest or colony. These wings can look like small fish scales, and you are likely to find them in the same places that you find droppings. The wings and droppings together definitely indicate that you have a termite problem and you need to call a Gilbert termite control company immediately.
Crickets and termites, like many other pests, do not leave a lot of signs that they are present. You aren’t likely to see them yourself, so you have to rely on the signs to know that they are there. Identifying their droppings can be one way to find them in your home. Other signs that you may have termites include peeling or bubbling paint, spots on your walls, a hollow sound in your walls or floors, or sagging spots in your floors.
You need to call a termite and pest control company in Gilbert as soon as you see these signs. You should also get a pest control inspection once a year to find pests before they have a chance to infest your property to the point they are leaving behind clues. By then, the damage has already been done.
Varsity Termite and Pest Control is ready to help you keep your home free of troubling pests. We offer effective solutions for removing and preventing termites and crickets, including sealing your home, applying chemical treatments, and applying barrier treatments. Our pest control team also offers pest services for ants, scorpions, roaches, rats, pigeons, and other pests that are common problems for Phoenix homes and businesses. We have received top ratings from our customers for our professional service and our long-lasting results. Call us in Phoenix to learn more about our services or to schedule an inspection and consultation with an experienced pest control technician.