American raccoon climbed into the attic of a house

In the Market for a New Home? Know the Signs of a Pest Infestation

The home-buying process can be very exciting, but with so much to do it can also be such a busy time that important aspects of the process like pest inspections fall by the wayside. Knowing the signs of infestation can ensure pest problems are addressed before they become problematic.

Why Get a Wildlife Home Inspection?

You may be very familiar with a home inspection in terms of spotting potential structural and other issues with a home, but getting an inspection done by a professional wildlife expert is equally important.

Many species of wildlife can be dangerous to humans when they invade a property. Snakebites are common, but so are encounters with skunks, raccoons, and other pests.

Homeowners can become injured when pests defend their young or the territory they have claimed. As well, many animals can spread disease to humans and pets in a home, whether via animal waste or the carrying of ticks and fleas.

A wildlife expert fully understands these dangers and knows which signs are most likely to indicate pest infestation, even the most seemingly insignificant. For example, insulation that has become saturated with animal urine and feces can lead to serious electrical issues and the development of mold if left unchecked.

In addition to a visual inspection, a wildlife expert can also listen for any sounds of wildlife that may be in the home.

Some Obvious Signs of Infestation

Rat Feces found in the kitchen

It’s important to visit the home at least two or three times before shortlisting it for purchase. During the day of the official showing, any feces, mold spots, and other indicators of pest infestation will likely have been cleaned or shielded from view.

Arriving at a home unexpectedly can make the following signs easier to notice and help you decide whether or not the help of a wildlife expert is needed:

  • Droppings around the exterior or interior
  • Strong and unpleasant odors emanating from the attic or basement areas
  • Spots of moisture or mold on ceilings or walls

While being able to spot the signs of pests yourself will come in handy for any future infestations, it isn’t necessary to submit a special request for a wildlife inspection; all that’s needed is to request that wildlife inspection be included as part of the overall home inspection.

What to Do if a Pest Infestation Was Found

animal control wildlife

A home inspection that reveals evidence of unwanted pests can be unsettling, especially if you have already decided to make an offer on or purchase a property. When you call a professional pest control service, the issue can be corrected safely and humanely.

Animal Capture Wildlife Control is licensed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, authorizing us to handle every type of pest, from bed bugs and snakes to mice and rats. With over 20 years of experience in the identification and humane removal of unwanted pests, we offer many services that can benefit homeowners.

Not only are we experts at trapping and relocating wildlife, but our skilled team can also conduct thorough property inspections. These inspections include identifying and sealing any pest entry points, repairing damage that pests have caused, and installing pest barriers. If you already have pest barriers installed, we can inspect and repair these as well.

Don’t let unwanted pests cause you additional stress during the home-buying process. If you suspect a possible pest infestation in the home you’re planning to purchase, Animal Capture Wildlife Control can help. Visit our website to learn more about the wildlife services we offer.