You may not see those bugs and rodents sneaking into your home or business, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Every type of pest leaves some sign of their presence, so in this blog, we’ll reveal signs that you may have major pest control issues and what you can do about them.


Pests aren’t the most hygienic creatures. They leave their waste everywhere, so look for the following in the areas that tend to be most attractive to them, like the kitchen and under furniture.

  • Rodent droppings
  • Insect droppings, which tend to be small specks
  • Discarded insect sheds


Unpleasant odours can signal an infestation faster than anything else. Both rodents and bugs tend to carry their food away to eat it in seclusion, and when they don’t finish their meal, it will rot. If you smell something foul and can’t find it, a pest may have carried a piece of meat or fruit into your walls and left it partially consumed.

Debris Build-up

If you see dirt smudges, crumbs, and even hair under your furniture, along the walls, and near your window frames, it can be a sign that rodents have gotten in. Rats in particular tend to establish travel routes and stick to them, so look for grimy streaks where their fur may have rubbed against the walls.

Torn Food Packaging

If there is no uncovered food in your kitchen, rodents can bite through packaging to eat the contents. Torn bread bags, gnawed cookie or cracker boxes, and other damaged food containers are all indicators that you have hungry invaders in your home or business.

Damaged Fabric

All kinds of pests destroy fabric. Rodents will tear up your clothing, carpeting, drapes, and cloth furniture to obtain nesting material and some bugs feed on or chew on fabric. If you spot tears or holes on any cloth-based items, you’ve likely got a pest problem.

What Are The Fixes?

Keeping food in sturdy containers, barring all entry points, and laying poison or traps can help you manage the problem, but if you have major pest control issues, call a professional who can take care of the problem quickly and effectively. At Action Pest, we offer 24-7 extermination services to homes and businesses across Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, and Mississauga, so when you know there’s a problem, contact us for a thorough and cost-effective solution that will give you peace of mind.