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7 Signs to Spot a Pest Infestation When You Tour a House

February 11, 2020

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You’ve set your heart on the house that you want to buy, and all that is left to do is sign on the dotted line. But wait! Have you checked the house for pest infestation? Some of the top household pests in California that might already be calling your dream house ‘home’ are cockroaches, termites, bed bugs, and carpenter ants.

You need to keep a keen eye to spot these pests before buying the house, or you will have to invest in rat exterminator or professional pest control before you move into your house.
It’s better to make sure you’re not buying a house filled with pests. 

Here are some telltale signs that the dream home you are going to purchase might have a pest infestation problem: 

Keep An Eye Out For Spots
  • Look for maroon or red-brown spots — particularly in bedrooms and near electric plates. This is a telltale sign for a bedbug infestation. 
  • Cockroach infestations can be spotted by red or brown spots near kitchen cabinets and storage areas. 
Keep An Eye Out For Wood Shavings
  • Carpenter ants, unlike termites, don’ feast on wood, but nest in them. In order to build their home, they kick out wood shavings in piles. Look for wood shavings near wooden cabinets, cupboards, and window sills. 
  • Mud tubes and small mounds of fine wood powder is a sure shot sign of termite infestation. 
Keep An Eye Out For Fecal Droppings
  • Rodents like mice and rats leave sure-fire signs of pellet droppings. 
  • Cockroach feces can look like pepper or brown stains or even look like small oval pellets. Spotting cockroach feces in a visible location is an indicator of a large cockroach infestation. 
Keep An Eye Out For Property Damage
  • Termites will hollow out wood. If you think the property has a termite infestation, then you should tap on it and see if it has a hollow sound. Damaged fence and decks also might reveal a termite infestation. 
  • If you think any wooden furniture looks damp, you might have a carpenter ant infestation at hand. 
  • A mice infestation means you will spot chewed out wires and holes in cement walls, and this calls for immediate intervention for mice control by a professional pest control inspector. 
These Smells Are Indicators That Something is Fishy
  • A pungent, musty odor emanating from the kitchen might be a cockroach infestation. Dead cockroaches also produce strong odors from the oleic acid they produce. 
  • A rodent infestation means that the surrounding space near their nesting area will smell like ammonia. The smell of mice urine is a very distinctive one, and an indicator of a large infestation. 
These Sounds Are Warning Signals
  • Gently tap against the walls in your home and listen for a slight rustling sound. This might be an indicator of a carpenter ant infestation.  
  • Rodents also create scratching sounds as they run along walls and floors. 
Flash a Light in the Dark Areas 
  • Carry your flashlight along when you are touring a house you are interested in. Pests of all kinds and sizes love to congregate in dark, cool places. Shine a light in dark places like cabinets, loose floorboards, and check for pest droppings. 

While these tips are critical points you should consider before buying your house, remember it is crucial to get your home checked by a professional pest control inspector before you buy it. It is also important for you to consult your real estate agent about the lease agreement and check who responsible for pest control

An evaluation by a professional pest inspector will give you an idea about any potential or pre-existing pest issues and whether you want to take steps to call a residential pest control officer to take care of the problem or look for a new house.

Author Bio:

When people find their homes and offices infested with pests, it is not uncommon for them to panic. Raymond Web has taken the task to educate people on pest prevention and control strategies, helping them keep their surroundings healthy, safe and pest-free. As the digital marketing manager for Take Care Termite and Pest Control, in Tracy, CA, he has an in-depth understanding of people and their pain points due to pests, which he efficiently uses in his content to educate people and add value to their lives.

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