A new homeowner’s worst nightmare is purchasing a home only to find it infested with insects. While ideally the signs of an infestation would be obvious, oftentimes that’s not the case, and it’s up to the buyer to be able to either identify the issue themselves or hire someone to do it for them. Always keep an eye out for signs of a pest problem when you buy a new home. Pest control technicians look for several key signs of an infestation and learning how to identify them can be a lifesaver. Here’s how to spot pests before you buy that home.
Pest droppings are one of the most obvious telltale signs of an infestation. When you’re touring a home, you might not actually see the pests themselves, especially during the daytime, but keep a keen eye out for droppings. Professional pest control technicians are thoroughly trained to spot droppings and identify to what type of pest they belong. This is crucial for not only realizing you have a pest problem but also knowing exactly what kind of pest you’re dealing with.
Signs of Termites
Termites can be incredibly destructive, and among the most devastating insects you can find in your home. Be sure to check the wood in the home for signs of termite damage, or hire a professional to make sure a thorough inspection is conducted. Visible holes, sagging floors, and hollow-sounding wood are all signs of a termite infestation. A trained technician is best-equipped to identify the problem and cut it off at the source.
Nests are among the most obvious red flags, though they might not always be easy to spot. Use a flashlight to search all the nooks and crannies of the house, including behind kitchen appliances, inside cabinets, and in crawlspaces. Shredded paper and similar scraps—often used to construct nests—can also be a sign of a pest problem.
Smells are a great way to discover a pest infestation, though they can be difficult to identify without a trained nose. Insects each have their own distinct smell. For example, bed bugs have a sweet, musty odor, mice commonly emit a urine-like smell, and roaches are considered to have an “oily” odor. Keeping an ear-out is equally important. Rats and mice often hide under floorboards or inside walls, and if you listen, you should be able to hear a scratching sound or the pattering of feet.
For indicators of a pest problem outdoors, keep an eye out for plants that look damaged; insects may gnaw the edges of grass blades or garden plants and leave trails. Patterns of lawn damage, like uneven grass length or circular brown areas, are also a sign that pests may have made their home in your backyard.
While you might be able to notice some of these signs on your own, buying a home is a monumental decision and expense. Pest control professionals know how to spot pests before you buy that home, and will conduct a thorough inspection. Contact Bain today to learn how we can help you.