We never like to break this one to homeowners, but that new house you’ve fallen in love with could have a pest infestation. And, of course, like with any infestation, it’s better to know sooner rather than later. In other words: know before you buy.
That’s why we tell any client who is currently house hunting that there are a few easy steps you can take to spot signs of pest infestation during your next tour, or open house. Remember to be cautious and observant—these signs can go easily unnoticed if you’re not directly looking for them.
Bugs are already present in the home
Is that a cockroach in the cabinet or an ant by the wall? If you’re walking through a house on the market, and there are bugs or insects apparent inside, that’s a very obvious red flag. These situations are all too common, and should be the first big sign of a pest problem. In addition, if there are any dead bugs lying around, then that’s usually a clear indication that the homeowner tried to chemically eliminate the bugs inside, before anyone saw them.
Weird smells and sounds is cause for some concern
What is that? Do you smell foul odors? Do you hear those gnawing sounds in the attic, or inside of the walls? More often than not, your senses are an exceptional guide to where pests lie—namely using smell and sound. Try to book a viewing at night, as that is when rodents and pests are most active. That way, you’ll be able to hear or smell when they’re around, and know what the condition of the house truly is.
Nests and droppings
Yikes! You pulled back a piece of furniture in the living room during a house hunt, and spotted a nest, or insect dropping on the floor. If that’s the case, it’s almost guaranteed that there are more pests hiding somewhere inside the house.
At Delcon Termite & Pest Control, we are experts in the industry and are always here to help new homebuyers that have unexpectedly gotten themselves into a sticky situation. Call us at 702-656-0455 for a thorough infestation evaluation to determine the right course of action to eliminate your pests today!