411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

Winter isn’t a time to neglect your garden because there are many tasks that need doing in order to ensure it’s ready for spring. If you spend time...

on Jan 18, 2022

5 Factors that Can Influence the Cost of a Roof Repair

One of the most important forms of maintenance on a home is to take care of the roof. At one point or another, every homeowner will have to repair...

on Dec 30, 2021

5 Home Repairs that Require Immediate Attention

If you have been a homeowner for a while, you'd know that any unexpected home repair can pop up at any time. It comes with the package of owning a...

on Dec 22, 2021

Discover What You Catch in Restrooms & How To Stay Safe

Thanks to the global pandemic that is continuing to disrupt everyday life, the world is currently obsessed with the need for hygiene. Now, more...

on Dec 15, 2021

No Garage? Parking Solutions for Homes without Them

When searching for a new home, most often buyers will look for homes with garages. And many buyers are hoping to find a multiple-car garage. While...

on Dec 13, 2021

4 Ways to Watch for Pests When You Buy a New Home

by Guest on Apr 6, 2018

It’s springtime! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and you’re house-hunting!

But with the turning of the seasons comes increased insect activity. When you are looking for a new place to call home, you want to be sure to keep a sharp eye out for possible infestations. After all, that bungalow may appear to be your dream house, but you won’t be having very sweet dreams if bed bugs are chewing on you.

The following are some methods of watching out for infestations, so you can consider whether to call pest control or abandon ship.

1. Watch for signs of termites.

Since termites tunnel through and eat wood, termite control is crucial. They can cause hidden structural damage to a building that can end up costing a homeowner thousands of dollars. Be on the lookout for:

  • Visible holes
  • Sagging wood, especially the floors
  • Piles of droppings that resemble sawdust
  • “Tubes” made of mud that run up the outside of the house
  • Discarded wings from swarms
  • Knocking sounds inside the walls, ceilings, and/or floors

2. Out-of-place sounds and smells.

Other pests often give off odd odors that, when present, can be a sign of an unfortunate infestation.

  • Cockroaches: an oily smell, sometimes compared to spoiled soy sauce.
  • Mice: musty, like urine
  • Rats: ammonia
  • Bedbugs: sweet and musty

Keep an ear out for scratching, squeaking, chewing, buzzing, humming, knocking, and scuttling sounds.

Many rodents are nocturnal, so you may not hear a squeak out of them. But hearing the sounds of an infestation during the day can indicate a much more expensive problem waiting to spring on a prospective home buyer.

3. Bring a flashlight, check all the nooks and crannies.

You want to check in cabinets and closets, as well as under and behind appliances and furniture (if there is any), with a flashlight to light the area.

As you conduct your search, look for the following clues to a possible infestation:

  • Dead insects or animals.
  • Evidence of nesting, such as fur and other gathered materials.
  • Droppings--either larger ones from rodents or smaller ones from insects.
  • Grease marks and skid marks, commonly left behind by rodents.

4. Check the outside, too.

If you’re considering a house to buy, it probably comes with a yard and/or garden. Look outside for the following clues to an infestation before you purchase a new home:

  • Damaged plants, such as leaves with chewed edges or insect trails left behind.
  • Patchy, uneven, or damaged lawn areas.
  • Mole piles and trails.
  • Stagnant water.

In addition to insect and rodent pests, be sure to keep an eye out for invading animals on the grounds and in the home. If you live closer to or within a rural area, you may encounter wildlife infestations that require calling wildlife control services. This, too, should be considered before making the final house purchase.

You can do a lot to look for pest infestations yourself before purchasing a home. The best option if you can afford it, though, is to call for a professional pest control company for an inspection to be performed. 

Author

Guest

Guest

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

DIY Home Security Systems: The Basics You Need to Know

There are countless home security systems on the market today, which means choosing the right security system for your home can be a challenging...

Safety / Security

Moving Countdown: Frequently Overlooked Tasks

Running a moving company also means getting a firsthand look at the moving process over and over again. After years of helping people get from...

Real Estate / Finance

Everything you Need to Know About LED Lighting

Until a few years back, HID lamps, metal halide bulbs, and sodium vapor lamps were used widely in all households but today with a drastic change in...

Electrical / Lighting

Regular Vacuuming of Your Rugs

If an area rug under the table, to remember, the equivalent boundary extends parties, carpet should always be greater than the table itself. I...

Floors / Tile / Hardwood

Make Sure Both Your Building and Its Contents are Covered

Anyone that owns a property and has possessions that they want to protect should have suitable insurance to cover them against loss. A common...

Real Estate / Finance

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2022