What Are Some Tips for Pest Identification?


Visual clues can be the a good way to identify pests in a garden, yard or home. Plant or property damage, nests, animal droppings and actual pest sightings indicate the need for further research on pest prevention, control and elimination.

Finding visual clues to a pest problem is the first step in identification. Leaf, vegetable and plant damage in the garden may be tracked down by researching the particular plant under attack. This works with flowers as well. Damage to the roof of the home, in corners, under eaves and gutters could be a sign of squirrel damage. Droppings from pests in cupboards or attics are visible clues of mice, bats, squirrels and other rodents. Rodents are also known to chew through wires, plastic and other materials.

If a homeowner notices any signs of pests, it is the best course of action to access an online pest directory, gardening website or a pest control website. These guides list numerous types of insects, caterpillars, worms, spiders, rodents and other small and large mammals. Specific pests with several types and species, such as termites, ants, weevils and ticks, can easily be identified using these guides, as well as plant symptoms which may point to disease as the culprit rather than a bug or animal.