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The signs of a pest infestation vary and depend mostly on the type of the pest that has infested the property. Most often, in rural areas, people have issues with rodents such as mice, rats and squirrels.
There is plenty of evidence that a home has been overrun by the sneaky rodents, which you can easily notice without making any extra effort.
As long as you are familiar with rodents behaviour, it’s not difficult to find out that you’re dealing with a rodent infestation.
The signs listed above are universal and may be added to your list for “things to check before buying a home”. However, there are also other indicators which should be taken into consideration, notes pest exterminator Jordan Foster.
Specific things may serve as an indication that a home is prone to being infested. Some of them are:
Technically, yes. You can get rid of any pest but not forever. It will come a time when the pest will manage to get inside again and this cannot be fully prevented, even if you proof the property completely.
An example of such properties are homes that are adjacent to commercial properties such as restaurants - rats are attracted by the excessive amount of food and sooner or later infest the nearby properties too.
Another issue with pest eradication is when only a few options are available when traditional methods prove to be inefficient. Most often, people know that bed bugs have infested their bedroom but cannot completely exterminate them with pesticides. When this happens a heat treatment is the only way to exterminate them completely, but extra costs are required for this type of treatment.
Basically, there isn’t such thing such as getting rid of pests forever if your home is in proximity to the pest’s natural environment where it multiplies.
This is why you should very carefully choose a property and should not hesitate to contact pest control professionals for a thorough pest inspection in case there is a concerning evidence of an infestation.
Yes, some rural areas lack the opportunity for biological pest control of rodents and there is no animal species that can control the excessive population of rodents. In this case, either consider raising awareness about it so the government can take measures, or just look for another property.
Summary: Expert advice on treating insect/spider bites and stings
Ticks: Yes, you can get Lyme disease from them. At least it is treatable, but you have to monitor your bites carefully so if there's a problem you can catch it on time and start the treatment right away.
Even the dangerous ones that release venom in your body, will only bite you if they feel threatened and attacked. If you leave it be or kill/remove it from your home or just avoid it in the wild, a spider will not come and bite you.
The difference between wasps and bees is that a bee's stinger is barbed and a wasp's stinger is not. That's the reason why bees die after they sting you and a wasp can sting you as much as it wants to.
You can avoid bees and wasps stings by not being a threat to them and stand still if one comes near you. As soon as they sense a threat they will attack. Also, stay away from beehives and wasps nests and you should be safe.
* Hornets, however, are much more aggressive than their cousins and might attack you even if you don't attack first. Hornets can be found not only near plants or their nests but also near trash cans because they would eat human food too. So you should be even more careful and on the lookout.
For mosquitoes, it's true what they say that some people are more appealing than others. They like people who are sweaty, who have been drinking alcohol, and most of all blood type 0.
If your blood type is 0, there's pretty much no point in trying. They will feed on you. In fact, your friends can use you like a mosquito bait so at least they can save themselves.