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Possible invasions and characteristics of insect and rodent infestations
1. Bed bug
Bedbugs are tiny parasitic insects with flat, oval-shaped bodies measuring 1 5mm long. Their color varies from gray to reddish brown. The abdomen makes up most of the total body size, and the head has two lateral antennae.
- The bites on the skin are similar to mosquito bites, so itching can be a sign of bed bugs. Other signs of infestation of these undesirables are black spots on the seams of the bed and blood stains on the bed and pillows.
2. The carpenter ant
In general, carpenter ants are black in color, with shades of red or brown depending on the species . Females measure between 3 and 13 mm (1/8 inch and 1/2 inch) in length, while queens can reach over 25 mm (1 inch) and are the only females with wings. The head of carpenter ants is large, their antennae are curved, and they have powerful mandibles (jaws).
- Small piles of sawdust can be an indication of the presence of carpenter ants. If, in the spring, a swarm of winged ants forms on the windows, it is a sign that there has been an infestation for a long time.
The body of a house mouse is elongated and measures about 18 cm, including the tail. The body hair is light brown to dark gray and its tail is covered with very fine black hair. The head of the mouse is characterized by a pointed muzzle, large ears and two black eyes.
- Mice produce unique recognizable sounds. In addition, the presence of numerous tiny droppings, greasy spots, nests, slight structural damage, entry holes about 4 cm in diameter and traces left by the legs and tail are common signs. It is also possible to detect mouse urine using ultraviolet light.