What You Should Know About Pests When Buying a New Home

What You Should Know About Pests When Buying a New Home

Buying a new home is an exciting time, but there is so much that goes into  buying a home that it can seem more stressful than exciting. One thing a lot of people have trouble with is unwanted critters. Pests and wild animals are huge problems for homeowners, from termites to raccoons. 

Termites are common pests that are not really visible to the naked or inexperienced eye so you could buy a house and not even realize the damage that could be lying in your foundation. Not knowing about this type of damage could cost you thousands of dollars. Termites create mud tubes so that they can reach a food source, this means you could have so much damage in your walls or in your foundation that it could be hard to repair without a full renovation. 

Signs of a Termite Infestation: 

  • Wood that is soft and sounds hollow when it’s tapped
  • Blistering, dark wood structures 
  • Piles of feces that looks like sawdust
  • Discarded wings left behind by termites who have entered the home

Ants are also common pests that create havoc for any homeowner. Ants are very social insects so where there is one, there will be more within the same area. Ants will enter a home for a multitude of reasons but usually either due to a food source or because their home has been flooded. Given that you’re a new homeowner, chances are high that they have been driven inside in an effort to find shelter. In which case, ants can usually be found in the walls, on the ceiling or even on the floor. 

Rodents and wildlife are types of pests that are more common in certain types of areas. Some areas rarely see rodents or wildlife while others are infested with them. Rats, mice, raccoons, opossums, moles, bats, armadillos, squirrels, birds, bees, snakes, etc. All can cause damage to a home and/or yard. 

To make sure that you are not walking into a home that has been taken over by wildlife or insects, you’ll need to inspect your property or hire a professional to come out and inspect it for you. Wildlife Animal and Pest Control offers a free inspection because we want buying a new home to be exciting and full of great memories. 

While our inspection is free, you may feel more inclined to check your property yourself. To do this, make sure you check all the windows for any cracks and check screens for tears. Check floorboards and molding for cracks as well. You’ll want to check all areas of the house for holes, this includes the basement and attic. Look for webs, wood piles, soft-wooded areas, leaks, and any areas that appear to have nests. 
According to the National Pest Management Association, 29 percent of American homes are experiencing a pest infestation. So the chance of your home being infested with something is a reality. No worries, Wildout has you covered, so just give us a call today at 844-945-3688.